Gabrielle F. Culmer

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Tuileries and The Louvre


    The author found the Tuileries garden to be vibrant and extensive as one wandered through admiring the manicured greenery. At the Louvre museum, the tour started at the Egyptian exhibit.The following exhibit was the Italian exhibit. One of the attractions was Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa which the author saw for the second time, and as usual, it was crowded with the flashing lights and a crowd surrounding the portrait.  The author also noted Paul Delaroche's Bonaparte Franchissant Les Alpes en 1800 which depicted very commanding and strong imagery.


            Other works featured were David's Le Sacre de L'Emperor Napoleon  and Nicolas Poussin's Camille Livre le Maitre d'Ecole de Tuileries. Moreover, the Roman sculptures depicted the Emperors with detail and full of direction and sense. The author also had the chance to view the Richelieu wing depicting the Medieval European painters from the 1600's featuring the Dutch, French and German painters with detailed and realistic landscapes.


Le Chateau de Fontainebleau


            On a small group tour to Fontainebleau, the author was overcome by the grandeur of the chateau. Fontainebleau has a vast history dating back centuries, approximately 800 years. Inside one can view Renaissance paintings, delicate period furniture, tapestries and lovely interiors. On the exterior is an impressive horse shoe staircase where the Emperor Napoleon would receive his guests. The chateau is equipped with large salons and houses the bedroom of Queen Marie Antoinette and the quarters of the Empress and Emperor Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte with an intrinsic summary and detail of their lives.


            Driving past the Fontainebleau forest was like viewing a sea of velvet green, with the waves of yellow and green tipped grass blowing in several directions amidst the warm spring breeze.




            The author's van also drove through Barbizon and one was impressed by its quaint and idyllic character. There labored Theodore Rousseau and Jean Francois Millet who lived in the medieval town to name a few who studied art under that persuasion. It was inspiring to see the hotel where Robert Lewis Stevenson, the Scottish author of Treasure Island , had written his notes.


Vaux Le Vicomte


Lunch was served at the country restaurant L'Ecureuil at Vaux le Vicomte where everyone thoroughly enjoyed the succulent duck.  At the Baroque chateau, all were impressed by its history and grandeur as they toured where Nicolas Fouquet a finance secretary, had lived circa 1658 at the time of Louis XIV. It was structured by Louis Le Vau, Andre Le Notre and Charles Le Brun most reputable of their time who were able to adhere to the wishes of Fouquet, and it was built as an impression of Fontainebleau.  The quarters were decorated most regally and one was enthralled by the manicured grounds, the basis for many films.




Palace of Versailles


            One of the most regal and impressive of the whole tour would be the Palace of Versailles. Not only the one of the most popular of attractions in France, but the most grandiose on a lovely summer day. The author noted that "it was a magnificent and grand Palais with a beautiful garden." Most detailed were the quarters of the late King and Queen, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette while paintings of King Louis XIV lined the walls with a favorite being by Le Brun. Many were fascinated by the hall of mirrors with such splendour and royal chandeliers, golden laden walls, and mirrors from top to bottom with fantastic views of the exterior. The author climbed many grand staircases and was in awe of the "Chapel of the King" in the palace.



A special thanks to Parisvision, Cityrama, The Louvre,    

The Palace of Versailles, Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau.


A spring weekend this year to Eleuthera was inevitable. Modern day Eleuthera was settled by the British Eleutherian Adventurers in 1648; who wished to settle the empty land for the Crown and resorted to the "Preacher's Cave" in the north upon landfall. This inspired the poem, Adventurer's Fate, (2006) in her first collection.
Culmer fully enjoyed the scenery and reminiscing of days gone by with relatives around the island. There was much development as she visited central Eleuthera which inspired the poem, Eleuthera (2006). The sightseeing produced many lovely photographs shared below. Governor's Harbour hosts the Fish fry on Friday evenings while some prefer scenic afternoon routes along the Queen's Highway. Also worth seeing is the Glass Window Bridge where it is said that marine travelers would feel as if looking through glass to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean and inspired her poem, Cupid's Door (2006).


Musée D’Orsay- Van Gogh/ Artaud Exhibit 2014


A lovely Sunday afternoon was spent at the Musée D’Orsay at the Van Gogh/ Artaud exhibit. It was very extensive in exhibiting Vincent Van Gogh’s work which displayed the famous Portrait de l’Artiste 1887 and 1889 as well as La salle de Danse a  Arles, La Chambre de Van Gogh à Arles and Le jardin de l’hopital Saint Paul. The latter showed the contrast between the strength in the building compared to the flowing strokes on the canvas of the trees and nature. The beautiful La Nuit Etoilee was exhibited near the end of the exhibit with fascinating deep blue hues. Also admired was the Route de Campagne en Provence de nuit.

It was a very eventful and informative viewing of the work of the artists.



Musée Jacquemart-André

"From Watteau to Fragonard

Les Fêtes Galantes"


It was a lovely and bright exhibit to attend on the brink of the holiday weekend. The images were in pastels and ornate apparel with realistic detail. The use of nature was themed throughout with the individual’s ability to harmonize with the beauty of nature in country scenes. Friends gathered eluding energy from the canvasses while in harmony with nature. A great contrast was shown by Fragonard between the large sky and the smaller images with a vast country side.


18th century artist, Antoine Watteau depicted the harmony between man and nature in pleasant scenery. Favorites include Les Plaisirs du Bal (1715) where a ball scene is displayed in a luxurious pavilion. Also, the beautiful scenery in Le Conversation vers 1717-19. Of note is Recreation Galante (1717-19) where friends enjoy a day in the natural environment in detailed and elegant gowns. This elegance is simplified by the surrounding nature.

Nicholas Lancret is featured in Les Plaisirs du bain avant 1725.  In addition, Le Repas au retour de la chasse avant 1725 which is full of colourful festivities and embroidered gowns.


A scene with deeper hues is Dejeuner de chasse by Francois Lemoyne- with brown and red shades in a rustic country scene. Noted is Francois Boucher’s Pastorale (1760) of an endearing scene of two people in the countryside with a dog.


Finishing the exhibit is Jean-Honoreé Fragonard’s Le Jardin de main chaud where there is a large contrast of the individual’s in harmony with nature under a vast sky and large trees.

Furthermore, La Fête à Saint-cloud again illustrates a massive sky with elegant and smaller participants below.

A special thank you to the museums.