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Rodin, L'ecole des Femmes and Fontainebleau

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The past couple days have been mostly filled with trying to figure out my classes and my schedule. Everything is still pretty up in the air. But I did have time to go see L'Ecole des Femmes at the Theatre Odeon. Everyone in the brown program went. The acting was great, the costumes traditional, but the set was awful. Everyone agreed they could have done more with props/sets. The performance was traditional, which was nice, but I was hoping for something less so. I have read the play several times and enjoy reading it everytime, but I was hoping the director was going to take a creative spin on it and do something or stage it in away that I did not expect from reading the play. Daniel
Auteuil played Arnolphe. He did an amazing job. I thought it was going to be hard to see him without thinking of the Valet/La doublure or Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources, but it was not. Overall it was funny n the exact same places as the play. With no other comedie added. A good play to see, but if you have read it, i don't recommend seein gthis version.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000809/

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The inside of the theatre.
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The outside of theatre Odeon. Newly renovated.

The day after the play we went to the Musee Rodin. It was a beautiful spring day, sunny, and a bit chilly. There is a large garden at the Musee Rodin and we really enjoyed walking around. We went with about 15 other Brown Students and Youenn lead a mini tour with his notes from wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Rodin

Rodin was very well known in his time. We saw several famous works such as the Gates of Hell, The Thinker, and The Burghers of Calais. We also saw a statue of Balzac in a bathrobe (one of my favorites). According to Youenn, the director of the Brown in France Program here in Paris, Rodin attended art school but then was kicked out, so he became a mason and picked up sculpting from there. However, according to wikipedia, he was classically in the petit ecole of the Ecole des Beaux Arts and graduated specializing in moldings and sculpture. Rodin sculptures went against the traditional, neoclassical style of sculpture. His statues are very natural looking with very enlarged hands and feet. The Musee Rodin had a special exhibition on Photographs taken of Rodin's work at the turn of the century. I did not take as much time as I would have liked perusing the photographs, but I really enjoyed the work of Stephen Haweis and Henry Coles and their photos taken at the turn of the century. They had a very ethereal quality to them.

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The Jardin

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Our pass, we told them we were art history students and they let us in for free!
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I am thinking about the thinker
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A sculpture, note the hands and feet

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Street art

This week I also took a day trip to Fontainebleau. It was a beautiful day and we walked from the train station, through the foret de fontainbleau. The ground was covered with tiny white, spring flowers! We toured the castle with one of those headset tour guides. I learned way too much about cabinet inlay, tapestries and whatnot, but the chateau was gorgeous. And the gardens were as well. We ate chocolate and chouquettes, delicious pastries, the best way to describe them is cream puffs without cream. We found a grand surface or giant supermarket. Casino! it was much cheaper than in paris. We bought pillows! (because they are ridiculously priced in paris) It was a wonderful excursion, and hopefully we will have many more!

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Foret de Fontainbleau
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a peacock that we saw. We also saw white, albino peacocks.
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the chateau
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the chateau's lac

As i was cleaning the kitchen today and looking for quiche pans I found this glass/metal seive thing.
I have not idea what it is for? Any ideas?

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Random cup with metal seive

Posted by Chloelm 01:11 Archived in France

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