Thursday, March 30, 2017

Calvin's Oratory

"The Auditoire (oratory) is a simple but elegant 13th-century Gothic chapel built over a 5th-century church. At the Swiss Reformation it became a Protestant lecture hall, where Knox preached and Calvin taught missionaries his doctrines. He also encouraged Protestant refugees from around Europe to hold services at the chapel in their native English, Italian, Spanish, German, and Dutch" (

Festival III

This is the last of the child artists. They can teach us a lot, I think, about being bold and unafraid to express yourself through art, unencumbered by either your expectations or the expectations of others.. I left them grateful for the lesson. :-)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sign IV

Just this one more sign urging Genevans to maintain, I take it, their present support for refugees.

Festival II

Forgive me as I stay with the children a little while longer. I was so very interested in what they were creating, each child expressing himself and herself without any hesitation whatsoever in such quite different ways.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sign III


Headed into D.C. to see what survived of the cherry blossoms after last week's hard freeze and on the first day of D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival. I enjoyed watching some children draw on a "wall" provided for them near the Tidal Basin.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Legal representation for refugees appears to be controversial even in Lausanne.

La Ronde des Images II

"Dubuffet coined the term art brut (meaning "raw art," often referred to as 'outsider art') for art produced by non-professionals working outside aesthetic norms, such as art by psychiatric patients, prisoners, and children. Dubuffet felt that the simple life of the everyday human being contained more art and poetry than did academic art, or great painting. He found the latter to be isolating, mundane, and pretentious, and wrote in his Prospectus aux amateurs de tout genre that his aim was 'not the mere gratification of a handful of specialists, but rather the man in the street when he comes home from is the man in the street whom I feel closest to, with whom I want to make friends and enter into confidence, and he is the one I want to please and enchant by means of my work.' To that end, Dubuffet began to search for an art form in which everyone could participate and by which everyone could be entertained. He sought to create an art as free from intellectual concerns as Art Brut, and as a result, his work often appears primitive and childlike. His form is often compared to wall scratchings and children's art." ~ Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stained Glass I

Cathédrale de Lausanne

The Walking Man

"L’Homme qui marche I (The Walking Man I or The Striding Man I, lit. The Man who Walks I) is the name of any one of the cast bronze sculptures that comprise six numbered editions plus four artist proofs created by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti in 1961. On 3 February 2010, the second edition of the cast of the sculpture became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction, and which is sold for about $104.3 million the most expensive sculpture, until May 2015, when another Giacometti work, L'Homme au doigt, surpassed it." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cathédrale de Lausanne

"Construction of the Cathedral began as early as 1170 by an original unknown master mason. Twenty years later another master mason restarted construction until 1215. Finally a third engineer, Jean Cotereel, completed the majority of the existing cathedral including a porch, and two towers, one of which is the current day belfry. The other tower was never completed. The cathedral was consecrated and dedicated to Our Lady in 1275 by Pope Gregory X, Rudolph of Habsburg, and the bishop of Lausanne at the time, Guillaume of Champvent. The medieval architect Villard de Honnecourt drew the rose window of the south transept in his sketchbook in 1270. The Protestant Reformation, a movement which came from Zurich, significantly affected the Cathedral. In 1536 a new liturgical area was added to the nave and the colourful decorations inside the Cathedral were covered over. Other major restorations occurred later in the 18th and 19th century which were directed by the great French architect, Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. During the 20th century major restorations occurred to restore the painted interior decorations as well as to restore a painted portal on the South side of the Cathedral. New organs were installed in 2003." ~ Wikipedia

A Picture

Barbara Kruger, Untitled, 1992, silkscreen on vinyl
National Gallery of Art

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pierre Viret

"On 6 May 1531 Viret preached his first sermon, being only twenty years old at the time. His preaching was received with astonishment and acclamation by his hearers, and many were soon converted to the Reformed Faith, among them both Viret's parents. Subsequently, he preached in Lausanne and Geneva, before undertaking missionary tours in France, preaching to crowds of thousands in Paris, Orléans, Avignon, Montauban, and Montpellier. His preaching was sweet and winning, and won him the name of "The Smile of the Reformation."

At one time he was captured by Catholic forces. Viret was considered one of the most popular French-speaking preachers in the 16th century. Above all he was the reformer of the city of Lausanne, where he converted the local population to the Reformed faith. In his time, Lausanne also became, with Geneva, a training ground for Reformation preachers. Among those who studied in Lausanne was the author of the Belgic Confession, Guy de Brès. While at Lausanne, Viret founded a Reformed Academy, which was forced to relocate to Geneva in 1559. The relocated professors and students of Viret's Lausanne Academy soon became the foundation of Calvin’s famed Geneva Academy." ~ Wikipedia

Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger, Untitled, 2013, digital print on vinyl at the National Gallery of Art

"A focused exhibition featuring the work of American artist Barbara Kruger (b. 1945) reopens the East Building Tower Gallery after nearly three years of renovation to the space. Inspired by the Gallery's recent acquisition of Kruger's Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything) (1987/2014), the exhibition comprises related images of faces and figures in profile over which Kruger has superimposed her striking phrases and figures of speech. The distinctive direct address of Kruger's texts (using active verbs and personal pronouns) confronts viewers straight on, contrasting with her selected images of side-glancing figures, receiving and averting the audience’s gaze. The results are arresting conceptual works of visual power and wit." ~ National Gallery of Art

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Place de la Riponne

The public square in Lausanne, Switzerland and site of the city's open market. Obviously, thought to be a good place to play soccer, too. 

Decoration with Masks (Detail)

Henri Matisse, "Large Decoration with Masks", 1953, gouache on paper, cut and pasted on white paper, mounted on canvas

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Garden V

Olympic Museum Garden
Lausanne, Switzerland

La Scienza della Fiacca (Detail)

"Frank Stella, an iconic figure of postwar American art, is considered the most influential painter of a generation that moved beyond Abstract Expressionism toward Minimalism. In his early work, Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, reducing his images to geometric form and eliminating illusionistic effects. His goal was to make paintings in which pictorial force came from materiality, not from symbolic meaning. He famously quipped, “What you see is what you see,” a statement that became the unofficial credo of Minimalist practice. In the 1980s and '90s, Stella turned away from Minimalism, adopting a more additive approach for a series of twisting, monumental, polychromatic metal wall reliefs and sculptures based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick." ~

Friday, March 17, 2017

Garden IV

Olympic Museum Garden
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lick & Lather

I smelled the chocolate before I realized that half the busts were made from chocolate.

"Janine Antoni is a contemporary artist, who creates work in performance art, sculpture, and photography. Antoni's works focus mostly on process and the transitions between the making and finished product." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, March 16, 2017


The Olympic Museum Garden
Lausanne, Switzerland


Just a short break from visiting the National Gallery of Art to mention #WinterStormStella. The true blizzard others experienced farther north and east of us never materialized here. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden II

Field Painting

A very difficult work to capture adequately on camera. It really is one of those
pieces you have to see for yourself to fully appreciate.

Field Painting, for example, pivots references both to art-making and Johns’ own career. The primary colors red, yellow, and blue are spelled out in letters hinged perpendicularly to the canvas, where they also appear in stencil-like doubles. Attached to them are various studio tools. The Savarin coffee tin and Ballantine beer can both allude to Johns' studio paraphernalia and to his appropriation of them as motifs in his work. Passages of smeared and dripped paint, a footprint, light switch, and a neon “R” collude with other visual codes to multiply the possibility of associations.