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9.06.2005

Jean-Michel Folon is a Genius

Would you mind looking at this -- his idea of what the Rocky Mountains look like -- while I think of something to say?

Thanks so much ...

Ah, thanks for waiting:

"I do not understand my images, and anyone is free to understand them as he wishes. I have only tried to depict my own dreams with the hope that in them others may hang their own."
Jean-Michel Folon


Today's fragrance is ... c's Pour Une Saison, a peppery rose with broom that will take two days to understand. So today I'll tell you it's beautiful and tomorrow I'll tell you why.

22 Comments:

Blogger Kyahgirl said...

I don't have anything to say either. So "Hi".

xoxoxo
L
p.s. interesting mountains. I would suggest you take a field trip up here and form a first hand opinion of the Canadian Rockies. I'll meet you there!

1:51 PM

 
Blogger mireille said...

YAY! Field Trip! xoxoxoxo

2:40 PM

 
Blogger Bela said...

I'm looking! I'm looking! LOL!

I remember when Jean-Michel Folon first came to everyone's attention. His flying men, wearing overcoats and hats, were very strange. He's a latter-day surrealist. I'm happy when someone mentions a French person I've heard of: there are so many people I have no idea about (those who became famous after 1979).

I've never been to the Rockies so I can't tell how close his pic is to the real thing. ;-)

cqwyz: must rush off

2:46 PM

 
Anonymous janeys said...

holly molly. I just went to his site. He's amazing. I'm embarrassed to say I didn't know his work. You do post the nicest pictures.

5:38 PM

 
Blogger Tom & Icy said...

I just want to thank you for clearing something up for me. For years I tried to understand stream of consciousness style, and then about a month ago you wrote a post in that style and mentioned it. Then the realization dawned on me. It was a really exciting feeling to finally understand something after almost 30 years of confusion. Thank you for that.
And it would be interesting to see the living room with the carpet, walls and furniture that this picture would go with.

5:51 PM

 
Blogger mireille said...

Tom, you're a sweetie. xoxo

5:52 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahhhhh. :)

xo
g

5:55 PM

 
Blogger AP3 said...

What a great image!

6:13 PM

 
Blogger still life said...

no need to say anything!

sherbert colored feather mountains

i love them.

6:37 PM

 
Blogger ParisLondres said...

Very interesting indeed! M great post as always...

I do like his work and have seen his them in Brussels and St. Paul de Vence.

Bela - I believe Folon is a Belgian not French. :)


xoxo

12:06 AM

 
Blogger actonbell said...

You always find the prettiest images!

3:23 AM

 
Blogger Bela said...

N, I think you're right: he is Belgian. I forgot. Thanks for the reminder. The arrogance of those French people, eh!!! LOL!

6:42 AM

 
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

The picture is nice, but not my image of the rockies. But that's okay. It's a feeling not a picture anyway.

On the fragrance: I'm not clear on what a "broom" means in this. I'm totally dumb on fragrance, so please forgive me if this is a typo.

6:53 AM

 
Blogger Val said...

Reminds me of sliced up strawberries w/ sugar for some reason...

7:18 AM

 
Anonymous keeter said...

Looks at painting. Looks out window. Looks at painting. Squints. Looks out window. Shrugs. Returns to life of literal- and small-minded complacency.

8:06 AM

 
Blogger clearing said...

I'm looking out the window too, with Laura and the Keeter Bee. You could connect us by dots on a map and I'd be in the middle. Sometimes when I have the flu the Tetons do look like that.

And broom smells like chamomile to me. A little more tea like than chamomile...or a little more sharp? But it's sweet and hay-like.

(**squeezes** for you M. Thank you for trying that one...xxxx)

8:13 AM

 
Blogger Kate said...

Reminds me of Pete Max. Like, I expect some blue meanies to jump out from behind those mnts. LOL.

8:15 AM

 
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Love the picture, thank you.

Thought you were going to tell us why today?

1:27 PM

 
Blogger mireille said...

I did ... but probably too late for you to catch. I'm moving slow today. xoxo

1:33 PM

 
Blogger drogidy said...

I have a unique interpretation of that image (in that none of the other commentors have mentioned this) which might seem a little.. weird, but bear with me.

It seems to me the implication in his painting is that the mountains between which the road is.. uh, thrusting, are actually the legs of a reclining woman. The road is self-explanatory, and the car is ..well, you get the gist.

Don't think me perverted for voicing this opinion. Artists often imbue their works with eroticism - my dad, a budding artist at 55, is one - and I'm sure you could think of many more.

If you examine the image, I think you'll agree. Notice the mountains which the road is passing through - they're inclined away from the road in a way which real mountains do not, normally, incline. The rectangle around the 'tunnel' entrance to highlight it, the whole pink colouration of the painting. The whole suggestion of the piece is sexuality.

That's my 2c. Make of it what you will.

6:05 PM

 
Blogger mireille said...

WEll, Folon himself encouraged us to make of it what we will ... interesting. xoxo

6:28 PM

 
Blogger drogidy said...

Thank you. When can we expect the next sexually-charged ambiguous artwork to grace your pages. I'm sure I can find connotations in anything. :)

7:08 PM

 

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