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These days you can see at the Louvre the portrait of Lady Alston by Thomas Gainsborough. Well, I did. A disturbing experience! Because of the heavy gilded shells that surround the canvas. They distracted me: Versailles is stamped all over them, and the courtly dress, which we should expect a woman to wear on such occasion, …is missing! A dark and sinister forest? Rococo arabesques all around and of this magnitude and they are not supported by pastels? So wrong! And I almost got a stomach ulcer when a sign revealed to me that the frame had been property of Madame Pompadour, whose portrait just never come about. A-a-a! It’s… a kind of tribute to the ineffable ghostly presence of… what it could have been. Right. Jacques Derrida was right, a picture begins with the frame.


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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