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From Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Varengeville and Reims, through the "Très Grand Paris"
Monday 14 December 2015
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Maurice Denis : Bord de mer {JPEG} For the Paysage et patrimoine sans frontière association, the blue route starts at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, whose colors "golden lily against azure background" remind us that it was a royal city. In this city, the blue is illustrated in many places, whether the collections of the Royal Apothecary or the chapel and paintings Nabi Maurice Denis Museum, to name only these blues.

This road leads us to Varangeville where the chapel decorated with stained glass by Georges Braque dominates the Channel, painted so often by Claude Monet.

Georges Braque : Varangeville {JPEG}

Then the road goes through Rouen and its ceramics, Giverny and its gardens, Paris and its museums, the Île-de-France and the stained glass windows of its cathedrals.

This Road of Blue travels across the Grand Paris, from the Channel to Reims, through the Blue Period of Pablo Picasso, Suzanne Valadon’s Blue Room, Claude Monet’s Nymphéas, the different blues painted by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Michel Larionov, Joan Miro, Henri Matisse, Rene Magritte, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Simon Hantai, Pierre Alechinsky, Joan Mitchell … to the stained glass windows of the Sainte-Chapelle and those of Marc Chagall at the cathedral of Reims.

Marc Chagall : Cathédrale de Reims {JPEG}

The Road of the blue explore also other routes throw the blue gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire and, further south, to the pastel road that goes on to Toulouse and Albi …

Aline Rutily
Paysage et patrimoine sans frontière Association, Saint-Germain-en-Laye FR

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