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Cathy's and my walk on a beautiful sunny February morning in 2018 in the
Champ de Mars area of Paris has been exceptionally fruitful in providing
inspiration for new works. (The park is
named after the Campus Martius (Mars Field) in Rome, a tribute to the Latin
name of the Roman God of war.)
First "Pres de Champ de Mars" ("Near
the Champ de Mars") featured a wonderful cul de sac that ends at the
foot of the Eiffel Tower. And now, just a few blocks up the Avenue de la Bourdonnais
is the latest work "Bourdonnais et Rapp" which features a typical
Paris cafe/bistro located on Avenue de la Bourdonnais at the intersection with
Don't bother looking for yourself if you happened to be at the cafe that
morning: all of the patrons are "made up" (except for the waiters)
and tables have been moved around to suit the painting. The cafe is called Le
Champ de Mars, a natural painting title but when contemplating a name for the
new work, I decided the painting needed its own name apart from the cafe.
The magnificent 1938 Delahaye 135MS Teardrop Coupe is parked in the
"LIVRAISON" zone, and, like the patrons has probably never been
there... but... it is at home where it belongs: in front of a cafe in Paris,
France. The elegant and sensuous Figoni and Falaschi body mirrors the
architecture of the cafe and the neighborhood.
It just looks right.
Tags: 1938 Delahaye 135MS Teardrop Coupe,
Figoni & Falaschi,
Le Champ de Mars,
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