St Dominique

Saint Dominique is a Catholic church in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. What is most surprising about this church is the above statues which was deliberately carved after the likeness of French 1930’s actor Louis Jouvet. The Church is a mock bizantine church made of concrete and artificial stone. Its construction was started in 1914 and stopped because of World War I. It was resumed in 1921. The Jouvet bas-relief was added in the 1940’s. An aerial view of the […]

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Villennes sur Seine

Villennes sur Seine is a small town in the west of Paris on the river Seine. I painted that watercolour after a stroll by the river. It strikes me that trees are usually pollarded (that is to say “cut to trunk in order to a tree cut back to the trunk to promote the growth of a dense head of foliage” – Webster dictionary). The best example of pollarded trees in the UK is to be found in the amazing […]

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Jean Prouvé’s meridienne shelter in the Paris Observatory gardens

I have just begun a new series of sketches and illustrations depicting my surroundings in Paris’ fourteenth arrondissement. To a certain extent, it is a follow-up on what I used to do 10 years ago in London when I was living in Brook Mews North. The latest picture from that series is the one depicting the Meridienne shelter, a building by the famous architect Jean Prouvé (1901-1984), who developed not only new designs but also new ways of producing new […]

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