Anamorphic Versailles


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Walking around the Grand Canal, have you noticed how much wider it is at the western end? I would expect it to be the other way, that end being the farthest point in the landscape, if seen from the palace; but the baroque space is counter-intuitive: the Grand Canal is big and does not need to look bigger; this means we can play with the viewer’s mind, introduce a distortion, make the canal enter the landscape as a feature that defines more than just the scale; because the king himself seems quite obvious and very clearly defined, and by definition, as an institution of power, transparent; yet there is depth, irregularity, unexpected angles – a secret, a surprise, a discovery in everything he does. As for the view – ugly or beautiful, in the end it doesn’t matter: in the end we get tired of it.

Versailles, 2010-2 1921

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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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