Monday, February 18, 2013

Printemps - l'artiste sur le trottoir



Artist on the sidewalk...


He was gathering quite a crowd, some taking a quick look and moving on.  Others lingered to watch the process and progression of this transient work.  I wondered if this was an artist who would create a three-dimensional work, but did not stay to its completion.  Two days later, it was gone.


So, to my French speakers, is this artist "sur" le trottoir?  


Printemps, le trottoir
64, bd Haussmann
75009 Paris

21 comments:

Pierre BOYER said...

Bonjour Genie,
Je ne suis pas spécialiste mais je parlerais d'Art de Rue... de Street-Art...
Ou encore d'oeuvres éphémères...
Belle journée et bonne semaine,

Pierre

Vreni said...

When I was young there were a lot of these kind of street artworks.

Ann said...

I really admire an artist's
dedication, patience, and creativity.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie:
It makes one wonder why someone can spend such time on creating a work of art when, by force of nature, it will be washed away without a trace before too long. Perhaps it is the transient nature of this 'street art' that has its appeal?

When something like this is taking place, it is fascinating to see the reactions of passers-by.Never was people watching so interesting as on moments such as this.

Malyss said...

Oui, SUR le trottoir, et DANS la rue.Art éphémère..

Cezar and Léia said...

wow these street artists are so talented! Awesome capture!
Léia

s.c said...

Great color composition and street shot of this artist. Like it Genie.

Paulita said...

I love to see artists at work. Do you give them money after you watch or take photos? I'm never sure. I'm impressed you knew trottoir

Daryl said...

several months ago an artist drew on the sidewalk along Broadway near my home .. neither the hurricane nor the snow storm .. not even pedestrians walking over it has done more than make it fade slightly .. i continue to admire it daily as i walk to the subway

Alexa said...

These fascinate me—like Tibetan sand mandalas that are meant to be ephemeral. Though I imagine this artist wouldn't start a project when rain is imminent. :~}

SRQ said...

Nice find. This is like a small version of our annual Chalk Festival.

Mary said...

He's very talented! I love street art. But all that hard work for just two days.. I suppose that's its nature..

Ivana said...

Beautiful! I'm always fascinated by street artists, especially those who are consecrating their time to this "art ephemere". So much patience and dedication for such a short lived result! Luckily, there are photos to capture the beauty!

xx Ivana

Macarons and Pearls

Rob Siemann said...

Lucky! They're getting very rare, those artistes ephemeres.

Bibi said...

I agree with Alexa. These are beautiful and the three-dimensional ones are really amazing. And yes, it's 'sur' le trottoir.

Bibi said...

And 'dans la rue' and 'sous la neige/pluie'!

Loree said...

those side-walk artists are amazing.

Starman said...

Maybe it's as simple as...he can't afford a canvas.

Randy said...

Beautiful work but I'll bet his fingers get sore after creating one of these.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Sur le trottoir, dans la rue, et sous la neige... merci beaucoup!

Jane and Lance, I think that you are correct. The people-watching possibilities abound!

I have only seen one other street chalk artist in Paris. Perhaps it is because the showers are so frequent.

Bises,
Genie

Joe said...

I do like these street artists and find it hard to pass by without popping a coin in their hat. The brighten up a grey pavement and their talent is often amazing.