January 16th – 19th 2017
16/01/17 – First day of Paris. We went for a visit at The Louvre museum, where the famous Mona Lisa painting is held. There were many amazing paintings, sculptures and many more pieces of work there, and exploring different artists and compositions, and looking more into the history of art.
I was more interested at first with the Egyptian art, as we are studying the use of logos at the moment and icons, figures, etc, I thought it was relevant to look at how they produced small iconic paintings into the stones and carvings in the wall, as they all had meaning for their time. The next piece I saw was the famous Venus de Milo. The details within this sculpture was very mesmerising and very impressive, as this must have taken weeks or months to produce. And lastly, the famous Leonardo da Vinci piece – The Mona Lisa. This piece was the highlight of my day, to just see it in the flesh. The actually detail, shading, persision of this piece was immaculate.
17/01/17 – On the second day, we visited the museum Musee d’Orsay, which was spectacular. They had the Famous Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, and many incredible artists.
After the visit, we explored more of Paris, and went to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe.
18/01/17 – Third day in Paris, was more of a tourist day. As a group, we visited the Moulin Rouge, and to be now be ticked off my bucket list – Palais Garnier/ Opera Garnier. This opera house is based on my favourite film – The Phantom of the Opera – and has been on my bucket list for years. The opportunity to see it, and go inside it was overwhelming to me, and was beautiful to witness. After that, I meet the group to see the Notre Dame de Paris. The building was incredible, so detailed, the glass paintings were fascinating, and the detail of the whole architecture was very beautiful.
We then visited Galerie Marian Goodman and also Centre Pompidou. The first gallery was based on Gordon Matta Clark, who was a French artist, who he based some of his work on his deceased brother, focusing on the theme of underground, and looking at architecture, film making and painting. It was very interesting to see the different concepts he created, with different inspirations, and that he did all of these pieces of work for pleasure and not for the money. After that exhibition, we went to Centre Pompidou, which was a modern gallery, with work from all eras up to the present day. In this museum were pieces produced by Kandinsky, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Mondrian, and many more artists. I also observed some different calligraphy and typeface pieces that were relevant to graphic design, and to give some inspiration for future work.
The use of screen printing and collaging were the main source of these pieces. The way they are developed looks very intriguing and different to other pieces of calligraphy and typefaces.
19/01/17 – On the last day, we visited ESAM College, which was a pleasure to visit. Students showed us their graphic design work, and we had a task to go around Paris with some French students, and for them to show us some well known sights. This was an interesting experience, and to see the development of their work was outstanding.