eric's elysian fieldsPARIS

...the wickedness of otherworldly wonderment...

A favorite vantage, standing here above the Seine between the Lourve and Left Bank with the Ile-de-la-Cite looking like a wide-hulled ship powering forward and the towers of Notre-Dame as its mast.

This is an original sepia toned photo of the sculpture "Adam" by Antoine Bourdelle I took during my last visit in March.

Bourdelle's home and workshop in Paris, now a museum, was located just around the corner from the house where I lived. Its sculpture garden was always a good spot to go relax, read or ponder.

Bourdelle was a modern sculptor who served as an assitant to Rodin before making a name for himself. He combines the romantic with the influence of the classic monumentalism of Greek scuplture often to broach subjects in both veins, such as centaurs and a series of busts of Beethoven.

The Cullen Sculpture Garden in Houston, which has a copy of one Bourdelle's Adams, provides a good synopsis of Bourdelle and this series of sculptures.