paris as muse

20140502-183929.jpgIf I had to write this post as a detailed report of every photographer I saw and what they were trying to do with their work at this exhibition, I would not do it. I did not like doing that in grade school, and I certainly would not write for pleasure that way. Suffice to say that, I went to the Met today to see their Paris As Muse exhibition, and it served me well…

Paris always inspires me, inspiring me for years before I even visited. Once I went, it seeped into me, became part of me. To define how and why, I am not that eloquent. As soon as I became aware of this exhibition (which is closing this Sunday), I knew I had to go. Sadly pictures were not permitted. The photographs were filled with shadowy people, but mostly architecture and streets. There were a lot of Brassais, who I have been obsessed with forever. He captured the dark side of Paris, and made it look bright. A Man Ray photograph of Meret Oppenheimer was in the collection as well.

Some of the photographers were connected with surrealism, which is my favorite movement in modern art. Like Brassai, it captures a dark side of art. It has been tagged often as being misogynistic, but this does not hinder my appreciation of the style. It was this ode to surrealism, combined with the body of forty photographs that comprised Paris As Muse that ended my writer’s block.

I have a short story I am supposed to write, but it was not materializing. I realized after the idea came to me tonight, that I was afraid of settling. Afraid of settling for an idea. Subconsciously I knew what I wanted, but nothing that I was coming up with was it. All my ideas seemed like a caricature of what I really wanted to write, but now I have got it.

All that is left to do is write it, it which of course will be based in Paris…


  1. Isn’t it amazing how looking at beautiful artwork can inspire us? It triggers some pathway in the brain, maybe. BTW, I love surrealism, too. It’s like witnessing a dream come to life, well, on canvas anyway.

    Happy writing!

  2. I love Brassaï – I had his famous image of the steps at Montmatre on my bedroom wall for many years – sadly its too big for the little house I live in n

  3. Argh, now! (I don’t know what is wrong with me/my phone today!)

    I also love that you can be so inspired by a place – I feel like location can often make the story in erotica.

    1. so happy to have a fellow francophile comment on this post. not surprised you like brassai and location is important in how things are executed with erotica…

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