PARIS … a wee commission for the wonderful owners of this lovely apartment
In the shadow of Montmartre with the imposing Sacré-Coeur, Paris is strewn along the La Seine, with the island of Île de la Cité marking its ancient heart. Vying for attention are its notable landmarks, such as the Moulin Rouge, Centre Pompidou, Trocadéro, The Hôtel du Ville, Le Louvre, Notre Dame, The Père Lachaise cemetery and of course, that Tower. To the east you can just see Bercy on the horizon with its Ministry of Finance, built along the line of the old city wall.
And the Golden Apple? A banquet hosted by Zeus, father of the Gods, was the setting for the Judgement of Paris. The God of Paris was tasked with handing a golden apple to one of three goddesses; Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, each of whom offered him a handsome prize in return. He chose Aphrodite on the premise that he could have the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Troy, as his wife; which would ultimately lead to the start of the Trojan war.
In accompaniment to the main image, and starting at the top, we have a street view of Rue des Gravilliers with its slender architecture typical of La Marais. Underneath, a close up of the monolithic Ministry of Finance with its toes dangling in the water and helipad atop. Finally, at the bottom is a section through le Louvre; a view which one is greeted with on entering, in which the glass pyramid seems to float above the cavern below.
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.