Friday, September 26, 2008
vernissage (ver-nee-sazh) noun, masculine
: varnishing; glazing
: private viewing (art), preview, opening (art exhibition)
Listen to the French word vernissage and the example sentence, below: Download vernissage.wav .Download vernissage.mp3
Elle saisit une enveloppe contenant une invitation pour un vernissage rue Saint-Denis, à la galerie Aurore... She seized an envelope containing an invitation for a private view in the Rue Saint-Denis, at the Aurore Gallery... --from Short Stories in French: New Penguin Parallel Text
More books: Colors of France: A Painting Pilgrimage
Last December, I received this letter from a reader:
Madame Espinasse - I am Dr. Warren Plauche, a New Orleans obstetrician/med school teacher - retired and turned full time artist. My brother Louis Plauche turned me onto your webpage a year ago and I am now a faithful fan. Several of your photos have caught my artist eye - today the Le Cigalou picture prompted this e-mail. I have pretty eclectic taste in painting subjects and paint many French cafe scenes, landscapes, houses and restaurants....
I wonder if you would be so kind as to allow me permission to render some of your photos in watercolor?...
Nine months after receiving the Ob-Gyn's letter (neuf mois* being funny coincidence, wouldn't you say?), I am happy to unveil one dozen watercolors from Dr. Plauche's collection (... make that 10, for I am the proud owner of two of these "babies"... on display here in my office in Sainte Cécile-les-Vignes).
I hope you will enjoy the side-by-side painting/photo vernissage. Be sure to vote on your favorite painting (see "Poll" below), but first click here to access the cyber art gallery.
Dr. Plauche' was born in Houma, Louisiana in 1933, and was educated in medicine at LSU. A self-trained fine arts painter for over 45 years, he began painting in the 1960's while in Ob-Gyn specialty training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Early works were landscapes and seascapes in oil on canvas. (...Continue reading, here)
To inquire about one of these paintings, you may contact the artist directly.
neuf mois = 9 months; le vernissage (m) = art exhibition
Watercolor notebook, by Moleskin
French Style Sketch Box Easel
Monet 2009 Wall Calendar
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WOW! So this is the layout you have secretly been working on behind closed doors. Everything came together perfectly.
Dr. Plauche's rendition of Aunt Reta's chickens is the one we will all fight over for ownership. I just adore the chickens.
Posted by: Jules | Friday, September 26, 2008 at 04:32 PM
A usage somewhat colloquial of "Verni" is to tell somebody is lucky...Toi alors tu es verni...The negative can also be use to express that somebody is really unlucky...
Ex: Il a perdu son porte monnaie, on lui a volé sa bicyclette et en plus il a attapé la grippe...Le pauvre , il n'est vraiment pas verni.
Posted by: Bernard Dolivet | Friday, September 26, 2008 at 05:29 PM
I'm with your mom - love Aunt Reta's Chickens! The light and spirit of the moment have been captured well.
Posted by: Diane | Friday, September 26, 2008 at 05:57 PM
Wow, I love his work, and am reminded how much I love your photography! What a gift! My two favorites are the furniture in the street and the chickens! beautiful work. thanks. gayle markow
Posted by: Gayle | Friday, September 26, 2008 at 06:18 PM
Chickens all the way!
Posted by: Christy | Friday, September 26, 2008 at 06:30 PM
Beautiful photos and aquarelles, but I think the best are the three displayed on your webpage, especially the Field of Poppies.
Since he is from Houma I would guess Dr. Plauche may have grown up speaking French at home as did so many of my friends from Lafourche, Terrebonne and the other parishes of south Louisiana.
Posted by: Mike Armstrong | Friday, September 26, 2008 at 08:21 PM
Thank you for sharing the paintings inspired by your photographs of Provence. It's brilliant how your work inspires creative expression in others. I especially loved Warrren's butterfly painting, as I am sure that was the butterfly who graced our table in the vineyard of Lanquedoc?
Best, Kim D. Portland, Or.
Posted by: Kim DeMent | Friday, September 26, 2008 at 08:44 PM
Oui, les poulets sont beaux. mais j'aime beaucoup le deuzieme peinture des paveaux, qui sont ma fleur preferee!
Posted by: dorothy dufour | Friday, September 26, 2008 at 09:05 PM
Wow1 two of my favorite things...your blog and wonderful watercolors! On any given day, any of the paintings could be my favorite. I, like your mom, love the chickens, but today my favorite is the epicerie one...because it is undeniably French! Since I was born and raised in Southern California, I think the boats will be my favorite tomorrow. Thanks for sharing, Kristin.
Posted by: Evelyn | Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 12:24 AM
Félicitations à Monsieur W. Plauche pour ses merveilleux tableaux de peinture et bravo à Kristin pour ses photos pleines d'inspiration.
We've really been spoiled today.
The painting I like best is the one at the top of this newsletter: Field of poppies in Provence / "Champs de coquelicots en Provence".
I love the lively chicken in the snow! Among the group of provençal scenes, I like the church very much, but my preference goes to the brilliant butterfly.
Posted by: Newforest24 | Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 03:34 AM
I am partial to french windows...hence pump and shutter go for me....though frankly, I think I love all of them...
Posted by: mini | Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 04:12 AM
Hi Kristin, these paintings, and your photos are just beautiful. Hard to choose a favourite, the chooks came an equal first with the Marseilles boats for me.
It just made me think, how great the internet can be, to connect everyone who loves your site, and to give us the chance to experience such simple pleasures.
Posted by: Christine Dashper | Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 09:25 AM
Re "chooks" -- the word threw me at first... then it seemed we'd talked about those before (when the subject of chickens came up... so I thought I'd send you an update: I'm still waiting for "Mr Grape" to build us a poulailler or "chook nook", if you like... Until then, will drool over Aunt Reta's Chooks!
Kim, That was indeed the incredible butterfly that join us at table, there at Mas de Martin. I've photographed other "papillons" (mostly camera shy) -- but this one thought she was Brigitte Bardot.
Mike, Zut! I forgot to include those three in the poll. Thanks for mentionning them here.
... and mille mercis, Gayle, for your note about the photos :-)
Posted by: Kristin | Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 11:00 AM
Loved the one displayed at the top, the field of poppies. Absolutely beautiful. But on the poll I chose Aunt Reta's chickens. Those plucky souls out braving the winter snow!
Posted by: Jennifer in OR | Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 08:16 PM
Pretty impressive for a boy from Houma. Wonder if he is a relative of this Thibodaux girl.
Posted by: Anne Daigle | Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 02:03 AM
Quel festin pour les yeux! Un vrai deux-pour-un la combinaison de ton blog avec les peintures. J'adorais la plupartie et avais du mal à choisir...à mon avis, les poulets de Tante Reta, l'eau potable et l'épicerie "Cigalou" y sont les meilleurs. Thanks, Kristen! Please, keep spoiling us!
Posted by: Leslie | Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 02:26 AM
The vernissage of the above image is apprpo.
Posted by: contests | Monday, September 29, 2008 at 12:04 AM
And here he is, hiding all his his talent right under our noses !
Posted by: Augusta Elmwood | Wednesday, October 01, 2008 at 03:26 AM