Friday, June 05, 2009

William Blake at the Petit Palais

Garden at the Petit Palais

It’s springtime in Paris and once again, I am hopelessly enamored with this city. It’s amazing how in just one week the weather completely changes as well as the attitude of the inhabitants.

Inside the Petit Palais

All of a sudden, we have fantastic temperatures and lots of sun. Last night the sun did not set until after 9. I am often amazed what copious amounts of sun will do to my attitude. It’s all I can do to keep from hugging perfect strangers and walking around with a silly smile on my face.

Blake's artwork

Anyway, enough with all the gushing. I’ve been busy these past few weeks doing lots of cultural things. One of my best visits was to the Petit Palais. For some odd reason, I’ve never been, although I’ve been to the Grand Palais, which is right across the street many, many times.

Some of the permanent collection

Currently there is an exposition of William Blake’s drawings and etchings. Being the nerd that I am, I had to go. I have distinct memories of reading Blake’s poetry and couldn’t miss the chance to see some of his visual representations of his writings.

Tiny, tiny etching of Blake's (Songs of Innocence)

Luckily for me, I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to take photos, so I was able to snap a few before the security guards yelled at me (I would have never taken photos in the first place had I seen the sign).

Portrait of the greatest poet in English history - Milton by William Blake

Even if it weren’t for the exhibit, I would have enjoyed the visit because the Petit Palais is wonderful. There is a great café in the tiny garden and the overall layout of the museum is beautiful. I will definitely go back soon.


Expat Traveler said...

Wow - it is beautiful. I get the same way about the sunshine. I love how the sun sets so late too! Now I just have to make an effort to stay outside while it is happening!

Laura said...

lovely photos, I must visit Paris again soon... I am also loving the late sun setting, so nice. i'm in germany...

Zhu said...

I feel so self-conscious every time I read blogs of expats in France! That's when I realize that even though I grew up there, I really didn't visit or experience half or what you guys experience! :D

Okay, the Petit Palais is one my list for next time.

starbender said...

Bravo 2 you for taking these shots, we would have never been able to see them! Beautiful!!!

It is spring here also, and I luv it. The warmth, the sun, Yippie!!!