Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The French like Blue -- MidWeek Blues -- Blue shutters

Especially their shutters. They have been blue for a long, long time.

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It doesn't seem to make the French feel blue. Well, maybe this is different for the artists, some get real moody or worse.

We found this original in the Lautrec Museum in Albi, France. It is by Paul Cézanne (1839 to 1906) and yes, he was pretty quirky. (
Cézanne Wikipedia link)

In just a lot of his pictures you can see Mont Sainte-Victoire as in this one. It is a mountain in Provence, France. Cézanne can see the whole view of the mountain from his house near Aix-en-Provence. He drew a series of oil paintings about or using his favorite mountain of his.

The blue colour on his mountains is supposed to be an impression of air. I'm not at all knowing what that signifies. Do you?

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Even the sky is blue in France, bluer than most of the U.S. except perhaps the Texas skies. Pictured is son, Tim. Tim went with Mrs. Jim and I to Spain, France, Andorra, and Belgium on our Spring 2009 European Holiday. (link to posts so far)

There aren't any blue shutters in this last picture but Mrs. Jim really likes these Citroën 2cv cars. She likes blue ones too and would drive one around here if I would get her one.
I have a blue Citroën in much better shape than this one. I am saving it in case I want to do mischief with it. Have to plan my escape route carefully, their top speed is 40 mph. Mine is a 1:18 scale diecast from Solido (
link for a grey one). I bought it in France back in 1992.

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If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo below. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions . Just do what I did.

Or do less. All she requires is a BLUE PICTURE, you don't have to write.

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How fun. I want to go someday. To all those places.

Have a terrific day. :)
That pretty picture would look good on the wall of my living room!

How lovely to have a holiday in France with your family! Love the places you shot.
Dear Jim,
wonderful pictures from Aix en Provence.
I agree, the Provence blue must be something special.
Never been there myself, some days, perhaps.
I've seen Cézanne though, in London.
He was great, and had much in common with Dutch Van Gogh, I think.

Funny about the blue shutters. In Greece they are always green.
Somehow blue is the right thing in Provence.

We too like the 2CV, a farmer's car originally. We had one about 20 years ago, but it was red.
They aren't produced in France any more, but I think they are still made in Brazil.
Must ask Gunnar about it.
(He's asleep this early in the morning.)

It sure wold be fun to meet you here in Norway. I guess you could endure the long pants for awhile. It's a beautiful country, but pretty cold though. I wish you welcome in advance.

You hit bull's eye with your blue French pictures.
Now we want more baby pictures, please.
From Felisol
I have more baby pictures for Friday on Thursday towards evening.
Karen sent us some late last night. First priority is to get some printed to carry around!
Nice photography. I understand that in France, the colors of homes used to be codes for the professionals that live in them. A doctor would have a blue house, f'rinstance, so that strangers looking for a doctor would know where to stop.
Great pictures Jim. I had lunch yesterday with a lady who worked in France for a year and she was telling me a few stories about the people and wine and cheese. She is glad she is home but she is also ready to go back.
Nice photos! I saw the pictures of hour new grand baby. What a sweetie!
I see blue shutters and other colors from the overseas blogs and I just love them. The Europeans aren't afraid of color. I think that's what makes so many sites overseas so quaint.
Paul Cezanne is one of my favorite painters.
Just this week I saw this same car on someone else's blog. I wish I could remember who. It was also blue.
No rubies this week Jim but I like your blues! I'll have to remember blues in midweek. :)
By gum, I got here from the new link on my blog today. Thanks for the reminder.

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