092718: Paris Revisited

I recently donated a print of the above image to a charity auction to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center (a most worthy cause, to my mind). The image, a favorite of mine, was taken on an upper floor of the d’Orsay Museum in Paris.

Digging up that print got me thinking about my other Paris images and that led to a pleasant afternoon rediscovering that photo library. Here is some of what particularly caught my eye. Above is another from the d’Orsay.

Louvre Window Study

Sortie (Exit)

Windows, Gare d’Austerlitz

Grand Palais



Staircase, Museum of Comparative Anatomy



Louvre Entrance


Book Stalls on the Seine

I’ll finish today with this picture postcard image of the Seine as it passes through the heart of the city.

I hope you enjoyed the visit.

0205: More From the Vaults


Greetings from the snow covered upper Hudson Valley. The wind is howling as I write this today, giving life to the multitude of chimes I have hanging all around outside my studio. The cacophony of bright, crisp sounds provides a pleasant backdrop to today’s tasks.


I have chosen once again to dive back into the vaults seeking overlooked images. And this time I settled into my images from Paris. First is a group from one of my favorite museums, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy. The gigantic ammonite seen above hung in a stairway landing – an odd place for it I thought, but striking nonetheless.


Next an arachnid, I think, from a time unknown to me (Take me out of the world of marine invertebrates and I am lost!).


And the last fossil for today – a pterodactyl.


Aside from the wonderful collections housed in this museum, the building itself is worth a visit alone. Built for the Paris Exposition of 1900, it has wonderful detailing at every turn, such as these three examples of the “natural history” architectural embellishments.







And then there are the stairwells.


Earlier posts captured this museum much more fully. For anyone interested, here are those links:






These last few are some random favorites, a somewhat odd mix. The first is a view of the Seine taken from the top of Notre Dame. Speaking of stairs, there are 387 steps to the bell tower and another 147 to the very top (where I shot this picture). And, as I stood there trying desperately to catch my breath, I looked across at the 300′ tall spire – only to see three workers climbing to the top!




Gare d’Austerlitz


An odd but favorite image of mine – Voltaire’s tomb in the basement of the Paris Pantheon. His shadow watches over.


One last image from Paris for today. The wonderfully inscrutable work of one of my favorite artists, Cy Twombly, at the Pompidou.


A couple of final notes. This Saturday, February 7, two of my images will hang in juried openings:


“Madonna Erotica” will appear at the Woodstock Artist Association and Museum in the Small Works Show – 4-6pm.


And this work from my Devonian Drawer series will appear at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg NY. That opening will run from 2-4pm. If you are in either area please stop by.


Thanks for the visit.

1120: “We’ll Always Have Paris”


A few nights ago I watched (for the umpteenth time) the film Casablanca – easily one of the best films of all time. Sometimes I just watch it with the sound off – just to appreciate all the more the lighting or the framing or the quick-cut editing and close-ups in the climactic scene, etc.,etc.


This time the sound was on. And when I heard that memorable line “We’ll always have Paris” I suddenly realized that it was exactly two years to the day that Cindy and I were there for a show I was in. It was a memorable trip.


Yesterday I found myself revisiting my Paris library. And, in doing so, I found a number of fossil images that I had originally overlooked – all taken at the Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy.


So today I have chosen to intermix these new fossil pieces with some of my favorite images of Paris. I hope you enjoy them.





















I’ll leave you now with one of my favorite props set against the shell of a horseshoe crab. Yeah – my studio shelves are full of strange things!


Thanks for the visit.

New Year – New Work

IMG_7810_2b_LR_12A new year begins so it is only appropriate that I begin 2013’s posts with some new and fresh work. I do not know what these two pieces portend, but that’s the idea, isn’t it? The fun and the beauty of the creative process, in fact the imperative of the creative process, is exploration. Like everything else, it’s more about the journey than the endpoint. The above image, thanks to the repetitive geometries, remind me of the early formalist Cubist work of George Braquebraque_femme-lisant_land the magical sculptural efforts of Futurist Umberto Boccione.2966152858_bf52d07979The second new work, below, is part of my ongoing exploration of the local fossils and my attempts to incorporate them into other new found contexts. We’ll see how it goes as I move forward.


It seems that I have not yet exhausted my library of images from the Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy in Paris. I simply couldn’t resist the “Cabinets of Curiosity” that ringed the exhibition spaces. In these particular views (things that I’ve never seen before), animal organs preserved in large jars were so arresting that I couldn’t resist spending time with them. Did I step onto the Island of Dr. Moreau or a bad episode of Futurama?!images

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Of course I had to include some more fossils from that visit, as well as one horse skull.IMG_7584_01a_LR_10A Eurypterid, the official fossil of New York State.IMG_7515_01_LR_12 And two more crinoidsIMG_7480_01_LR_10


I’ll finish today with a few more images from Paris:IMG_7303_01_LR_10Shop windows in the MontmartreIMG_7302_01_LR_10…park structure on the Ile de la Cite_MG_1068_01_LR_12…The Church of Saint-Eustache_MG_0294_01_LR_12…and, finally, early morning on the Seine.

_MG_0204a_01_LR_12Thank you as always for visiting. More images at www.artmurphy.com

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