Sunday, May 02, 2010

through the eyes of henri le sidaner

The art collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza is widely considered as one of the most important in the world. Picasso. Canaletto. Monet. Matisse. Le Sidaner. Goya. Dalí. Degas. Dingobear?

Clearly, one of these names doesn't belong and we're talking slightly in jest here, but look at this ...

Through the eyes of Henri Le Sidaner in 1928 (left) and the lens of my camera 80 years later (2008) - it's a collaboration between the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza of Madrid, Spain, and felix's daily starfish and waffles. The editor does it again!

The French artist, Henri Le Sidaner, painted the lovely oil on canvas, Rue de l'Église, Villefranche-sur-Mer, back in 1928. Today, the beautiful painting hangs on the wall of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which is one of the three pillar institutions in Madrid's famed Golden Triangle of Art.

I had no prior knowledge of Le Sidaner's painting when I visited Villefranche-sur-Mer on a drizzly, February Sunday in 2008. However, I do recall thinking to myself that there was something intimately special about this particular glimpse of the old, enchanting, Mediterranean village before snapping the picture above ... and I guess 80 years earlier, Le Sidaner must have also thought somewhere along the same lines.

The same scene, 80 years apart. This is a coincidence that would have gone unnoticed had I not been contacted about it by the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza last week. So, me and the editor would like to thank our new favourite art gallery in Madrid for alerting us to this bit of happy serendipity, and also for selecting our picture to be used as a part of their online project, which matches representative photos in the flickr community to paintings on the walls of the museum.

For more information on Le Sidaner's painting and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza's project, click here, to the flickr page of the museum.

In the scheme of things, this is no great shakes but it is nice to be able to say that we wee mammals of starfish and waffles got to rub elbows with the likes of some of the world's greatest masters of art ... well, kind of, anyway.

So while I revel in the moment and the editor negotiates with the Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza herself to get our picture onto the walls of her museum (the editor is one influential bear!), enjoy some outtakes from Villefranche-sur-Mer in 2008.

Who knows, maybe one day we'll be back to take a few more photos.

Village by the bay. Villefranche-sur-Mer, France. (2008). Perched on the edge of a splendid, crescent-shaped bay, Villefranche-sur-Mer lies in the heart of the Côte d'Azur between Nice and Monaco.

Evocative streets. Villefranche-sur-Mer, France. (2008).

After the rain. Villefranche-sur-Mer, France. (2008).

Rue de l'Église, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France. (2008). Need further proof that the editor is one tough bear to write and photograph for? While the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza thought this photo was ok, the picture didn't even make the cut for our original post on Villefranche-sur-Mer.


  1. The man in the yellow hat02 May, 2010 23:23

    I still look forward to the day when Wikipedia is to feel The Editor's wrath!