arts & culture

{places: at the gallery}





Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

~ Thomas Merton

. . . a very favourite thing to do while travelling {or anytime, really}, is to while away endless beautiful hours wandering the echoing halls of museums and art galleries, breathing in the history and marveling at each brush stoke — monet, renoir, pissaro and degas — so much so, that once even braved the crowds of tourists at the louvre in paris one winter’s day, even catching a mesmerising glimpse of mona lisa‘s mysterious smile . . . there is just something so magical about being enveloped in such stunning creativity . . .

{p.s.} a favourite is the musée d’orsay


{images: le portillon via the inspiration board; art institute of chicago, photography by thomas struth via flickr; lazareva valeria via julia}

26 Notes
  • I know that this is extremely random.. but what font is used on the words “a love affair?” I am in need of something like that!
    Just recently found your blog – and I’m hooked. It’s wonderful!

  • anonymous — hate when that happens :) and yes, of course — it’s by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


  • Anonymous said...

    Can you please tell me who the first painting is by? It looks so familiar, but I can’t place the artist and its killing me…Thanks!

  • musee d’orsay is my fave museum too :)

  • The Musee d’Orsay is one of my all-time favourites. I love these pictures!

  • I love love love the Musee d’Orsay. I was in Paris for only one week and I managed to go there twice (and brought back a huge poster of Degas’ Danseuses en Bleues which I am saving up for when I can one day afford to put it in a lovely over-the-top gilt frame).

    Andrea x

  • Just had my favorite painting turned into a print!!!
    john william waterhouse is timeless

    Peace & love
    oxo, ETTE


  • Just had my favorite painting turned into a print!!!
    john william waterhouse is timeless

    Peace & love
    oxo, ETTE


  • I’m in love with this post. Love. xx

  • love going to see art… but don’t do it enough! I am inspired to go around my home now!

  • I totally agree…remember doing just that in Paris. It was delightful!

  • Love the DegsS!
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  • Museums are amazing!

  • I haven’t been to a museum in a long time! I have no excuses, I live 30 min from NYC….my favorite museum here is the MOMA…
    Beautiful post!

  • Musee d’orsay is wonderful!! The British Museum & Tate Modern are pretty wonderful too (and the list goes on and on:). I, too love visiting museums while traveling. As a matter of fact, they are always at the top of my to-do list when I visit place. I feel renewed, refreshed, and inspired after being around beautiful art and even ancient artifacts. Oh to be spending the day wandering around a museum!! xo

  • Oh the Louvre! I always love how we hear the people making pictures of the Mona Liza even before we can see her… It always makes me laugh!

  • just lovely. i need to visit the art institute sometime soon. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  • love the louvre but i prefer musee d’orsay. it is not the museum most people know about but it a great collection.

  • Visiting the art galleries is a must whenever I visit a new city. Renoir and Degas are two of my favourite artists. :)Ada

  • I whole-heartedly agree with that quote and what you say. It’s almost a spiritual experience, I find it so nurturing. Gosh, thanks for reminding me! I ought to get to a museum or gallery soon.

    Just a Silhouette

  • I could do with a little quite art gallery time. Thank you for reminding me. xo

  • mmm, beautifully put together. this is why i love going to ucla. the getty, lacma and so many other places where i can just lose myself in beauty.

  • On our trip to Paris last october we spent a whole day at the louvre..its amazing how one can lose track of time while looking at all the magnificent art created by the masters..its a beautiful post today and a lovely quote..have a wonderful day rosaline..xx meenal

  • …. always amazes me how you can speak my language… there is just something so regal and mesmerising about taking in the brilliance of artists from such earlier times. It is simply awe-inspiring. I adore that you braved the crowds to see mona lisa, that is something so special and I’m sure you will never forget! In Rome, we always made sure to appreciate the canvas of art surrounding us each day.

    Simply adore this post, Roséline. Thank you.

  • As crazy as the Louvre can be…there is something so amazing about walking through and all of a sudden being in a room in front of a painting the size of your house. Epic.


  • I love the work of Degas.
    Beautiful post.

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