On saturday I went to Antibes to visit the Peynet museum. I only recently found out about it through a flurry of blog posts around St Valentine’s day. Peynet is most famous for his lovers, “les amoureuses”. His museum is located in old Antibes and he also has two museums in Japan in Karuizawa and Mimasaka.
No photos were allowed but if you go there try to find the mermaid with the fish umbrella, the girl in a pony tail in her lingerie with a birdie taking away her bra, the boyfriend playing the music notes marked on his lady’s stocking tops, the young man who’s caught a mermaid. I also was quite fond of a gouache painting called “Les Femmes du Boeuf” the butcher standing in front of a sumptuous red parlor. Two children’s book on display that I would have loved to leaf through, “La Princess Boule de Neige et le Prince Frizontine” and “Le Voyage de Monsieur Ferrichou”. One of the rubber dolls on display had an outfit I’d like to recreate; pink polka dot circle skirt with black ribbon near bottom white lace trimmed blouse, black spanish shawl, black crucifix choker black and white pill box hat, black ballerinas.
A small alley in Antibes:
A furry mister at the flea market:
Me in a dress found at The Church of Vintage
Taurus by Peynet:
Rubber dolls by Peynet:
From “L’encyclopedie Beauté Bien-être” 1964
From “L’encyclopedie Beauté Bien-être” 1964
Yesterday I went to see the Clovis Trouille exhibit. It was quite an adventure. It is held in a small village in the far suburbs. What a pretty little town. Weeping willows and swans on the river. Two small islands like in Paris. Beautiful traditional stone houses, tea salons and a beach for swimmers in the summer. Many houses had river access and small doors that led to the basements. There’s even a Chinese pavilion, but I didn’t find it this time. We’ll go back in spring.
Clovis Trouille is one of my favorite surrealists, even if he really wasn’t a part of their tight group. To see the paintings in person was very exciting. He paints like I’d like to paint and he has a great sense of humor for the profane. He was kinda of a dirty bird, but also with a touching naivety.
This next painting was amazing, the colours and the composition was perfect. Apparently from the dates marked he worked on it for 19 years!
This next painting wasn’t in the expo, but it’s one of my favorites:
The expo is at the Musée d’art et d’histoire Louis Senlecq and the cute town is called L’Isle Adam (55 min by train from Paris).
I really love these books meant for young women in the 1950’s and 1960’s. They gave all kinds of good advice and techniques for life. I have some sewing manuals and etiquette books that remind me of this one. I got these images from “L’encyclopedie Beauté Bien-être” which I found in my favorite used book store in Cannes.
You can find these at your local department store that has Bourjois or on their site. It’s called the Rendez-vous à Paris Collection.
Cute retro packaging that reminds me of the 1950’s ideal of Paris.
One of the many things I collect is dice.
My “belle-soeur” gave me this dice pepper mill for Christmas.
A perfect example of a “french” die. What makes it different is the rounded corners. More reasons to love them and find some more!
Here’s Lili the french comic book I was telling you about. Lili has a parrot named Rarahu who loves her. Lili lives in Paris with no parental surveillance. It’s not clear if she’s a teenager or a girl just out of college.
Lili’s guardian is her uncle M. Minet a philosophy professor. To me he’s very beatnik, but everyone seems to regard him as kind of a square. I’m jealous of his apartment, a rooftop artist style atelier.
Her American boyfriend Dan:
Dan’s millionaire grandfather from Texas.
Lili the comic started in 1909 and was illustrated by many different artists, my favorite being Alexandre Gérard, especially those done in the 1950’s.
Some great episodes are:”Lili au music-hall” and “Lili à St-Germain-des-Prés”
Paris the capital of fashion! My favorite vintage period for clothes is the 1950’s and fashion magazines like Vogue and this September 1957 issue of Bazaar were chock full of fashion spread and advertisements from the city I love so much. More to come!
Boris Vian (1920-1959), jazz musician, writer, painter, sculptor, all around cool Bohemian lived and played in the Paris underground in the 1950’s. He hung around Miles Davis, Juliette Gréco, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Tati and many other artist and musicians of that period. His play J’irai cracher sur vos tombes is his most well known work, he also wrote a popular song in-titled “Fais-moi mal Johnny”
He died very young of a heart attack.
Portrait of Vian by Brénot.
I especially love this photo of a typical underground nightclub:
Bison Ravi, Baron Visi or Brisavion (anagrams of his name).