Luminous Paint, Sky, and Suicidal Thoughts


In 1737 the First Royal Painter of Louis XV, Francois Lemoyne, went completely crazy and took his own life. Today looking at the ceiling in the Salon of Hercules, we may have difficulty discerning the painter’s standards for the luminous blue that drove him mad: dust, pollution, incessant breathing of millions of visitors at Chateau Versailles cloud the desired effect. If he were to come back to life, would he recognize his work? And if he did, wouldn’t he go mad and take his life again?

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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