Add an European Flavour to Your Home or Office with Photographs from France.

Beautiful modern sculpture of a woman in Luxemburg Garden, Paris, France.

Beautiful modern sculpture of a woman in Luxemburg Garden, Paris, France.

Featuring Some of My Photographs from France – Paris and Loire Valley.

Today I would like to show you some more of my photographs from France.  A few of them are from the amazing royal garden – the Gardens of Versailles, others are from a few other places I have visited when I was there several years ago.

A Classic Fine Art Nude Sculpture of a woman in the Chateau De Versailles Garden Paris France.

A Classic fine art nude sculpture of a woman in the Chateau De Versailles Garden, France.

If you would like to know more about the Gardens of Versailles, please have a look at my article written last year. I have also mentioned on this blog one more interesting place I have seen in France Château de Montrésor. It is a small castle and garden comparing to the royal gardens, but still a place very much worth visiting when you are in France and taking a tour of the Loire Valley.  The angel sculpture I have featured in my previous article is from this garden.

Another beautiful classic sculpture of a naked woman in the Chateau De Versailles Garden, France.

Another beautiful classic sculpture of a naked woman in the Chateau De Versailles Garden, France.

About Travelling in France.

Chateau De Versailles Garden In France

Chateau De Versailles Garden In France.

Travelling in France is usually not cheap, especially if your original currency is not Euro. The exchange rates could be quite high, so your stay might cost you more than if you would, for example, stay at a comparable quality hotels in Northern America.

We were travelling on a budget with a bus tour and all was already booked for us. We have stayed for a couple of days in a small hotel besides Paris to save money. I remember the rooms there were so small that they were only able to fit two single beds with great difficulty and it was very little space left to walk around. The bathroom was the smallest I have ever seen beside a hotel room. I could hardly fit under the shower and I am not a very big person. There was only a curtain and when we were taking shower, there was no way to stop water from running on the bathroom floor.

A Classic lion's sculpture Luxembourg Garden Paris France.

A Classic lion’s sculpture in Luxembourg Garden, Paris France.

Other disadvantage of this hotel was really rather bad breakfast. They were counting how much bread they gave us, coffee tasted awful and seemed greatly diluted with water. Besides a tiny cube of butter and a little container with fruit jam, they didn’t offer us anything else.  So I must say this was the worst breakfast served by a hotel I ever had and everybody after eating it went out hungry and rather disappointed. We were surprised they were trying to save money in this way and even diluted coffee!!! How much you can save on it? Certainly  I would not recommend this hotel to anybody, even at the lower price. Fortunately we have stayed there only 2 nights, so it was Ok. At least we paid less for the hotel and we were just sleeping there since for most of the day we were away visiting various places in Paris.

One more disadvantage of staying at this hotel was pretty long and slow commute to Paris. Perhaps it was not that far from Paris, but there was a lot of traffic in the morning, as usually is besides big cities.  I don’t remember now how long it took as to finally arrive to a place where we could leave the bus and take the subway, but I think it was at least one hour or maybe even two.

A classic Satyr's sculpture In the Luxembourg Garden Paris, France.

A classic Satyr’s sculpture In the Luxembourg Garden Paris, France.

Once there, we could finally see this amazing city full of so many beautiful monuments, museums, historic gardens and fine caffes, restaurants and other places where one can just sit down and enjoy the surroundings.  Perhaps I will tell you more about this trip another time.

One more tip when traveling in Paris. I think it is best to just use public transportation and also take a walk when possible. You would be much better off doing that instead of trying to drive in this huge and crowded city where finding good and affordable parking spaces could be very hard.  Besides, when you take a public transportation, you could see much more faster and cheaper and you don’t have to waste your time to go back to your car to continue traveling to a different location in the city.

Add a Classic, European Flavour to Your Home or Office Displaying Pictures from France.

You can now choose from several of my pictures from France in my Fine Art America France Gallery if you would like to buy any of them. You will see there photographs already included in this article and some more. They are offered in various sizes and printing media, including canvas, metal, watercolour, glossy or mat prints, framed or unframed. They are directly sold by Fine Art America, and this reliable and well established company provides full money back warranty.  Once you buy the prints, or other products with my artwork, I will receive some percentage from sales. Thank you for considering decorating your space with my photographs. They could also make great gifts. To see what is presently available there, please visit my France Gallery.

The amazing looking Chateau Chambord In the Loire Valley, France.

The amazing looking Chateau Chambord in the Loire Valley, France.

Copyright, Commenting and Sharing this Article.

This article, as well as all of my original photographs used for printing on various Fine Art America products, are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk.  Please contact me if you would like to use any of them in your publication or if you have any questions regarding purchasing my work in the form of fine art prints.

Also please share this article with whoever else might be interested in reading it. If you like my blog, please subscribe or follow it, to receive automatic updates.  I now usually post here once per week or every second week.

I look forward to your comments. Have you been in France yourself? How did you like it? What have you seen there? Are there any particular places you think we should also visit while in France?

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This Beautiful Male Angel Continues to Be the One of My Most Viewed Pictures on the Fine Art America.

Angel from Montrésor, France

Angel from Montrésor, France

This photograph of a beautiful, about life-size, male angel continues to be one of the most viewed of my images on the Fine Art America website. I wonder why?

Perhaps because it is so amazing sculpture and looking almost alive. I would like to know if the artist created it just from his imagination or somebody was posting for him. And if it was a young man, who he was? Certainly his face is so beautiful and full of expression.

How the artist got such idea to create this sculpture? Was it done on somebody’s request or just to express his creative vision? Perhaps he has seen this angel in his dream…

I often wonder what are the stories behind art. Some we might discovered, others we would probably never know, especially if the artist and his/her models and sponsors are long time gone.

I think it is often very interesting to know why the artist created the artwork and how he/she did it. I am glad some artists kept journals and there are sometimes other historical records we can explore.  I think it is also a good idea for contemporary artists to keep some documentation of the process of creating their work, and if possible, to share it with other people who might be interested. That’s one of the reasons I write this blog.

If you are an artist yourself and don’t have any written record about your art and creative process, consider creating it. If not for yourself, do it for future generations who might enjoy your art and knowing the story behind how and why it was created. Also if your artwork is really unique, one of a kind, have it photographed well, so in case you sell it, or your art will be damaged or destroyed, at least you will have a picture of it. If you have high quality photographs or scan of paintings or drawings, you can also make more money from your art by selling it as fine art prints.

I have photograph art for artists in the past and I know that sometimes it is not an easy task. A good picture can make a huge difference on the way how your present yourself, your art and how successful you can be as an artist. So make sure what you show is of high quality.

Back to the sculpture of the angel I have photographed, If have already wrote about it in one of my previous posts. Presently my photograph of this artwork is available as fine art prints in various sizes and printed media, framed or unframed, directly from the Fine Art America website. It is also offered there as  greeting cards and in some other forms.  Fine Art America provides full money back warranty.

If you like this angel, perhaps it can now also decorate your home?

Please share this post with whoever might be also interested in reading it. Thank you. I also invite you to comment on my posts and to follow this blog to receive automatic updates.

 

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Angel from Château de Montrésor, in the Loire Valley, France.

Angel from Château de Montrésor, France

Angel from Château de Montrésor, France

Here is another photograph, which is also one of the most popular in my Fine Art America store.  I have taken this picture while on my trip to France several years ago in the Château de Montrésor garden.

This beautiful about a life-size angel was one of the prominently standing sculptures in the garden, which is surrounding this old castle.  His strong figure and  beauty have immediately attracted my attention. If no wings, he would have looked more like one of the antique Greek or Roman gods. I like the way this classic style sculpture was carefully designed and made and how real and dynamic it looks. Angel’s face is full of expression and it almost seems, that  in a moment he will stand up and start talking.

 

 

Buy this photograph of an angel as print on canvas.

Male Angel in Montrésor garden – print on canvas.

I was wondering who created this statue, and only later, after doing some research, I was able to learn that this artwork was created by one of the Danish sculptors and was originally in Paris’s apartment of one of the owner of this castle, count Ksawery Branicki.  If any of you knows the name of the sculptor, please let me know and I will add it here.

This picture of the angel, is presently available in various forms in my Fine America store and you can buy it already framed, on canvas, acrylic, metal and even as a greeting card, phone case, and 14×14″ throw pillow. You can see here how it looks on various products and I provide links, in case you are interested in buying any of them to decorate your home.

 

 

Buy Angel in Montrésor garden - phone-case

Angel in Montrésor garden – phone-case

 

 

I think this photograph could complement very well a classic decor and add stylish flair to your surroundings. It might even work very well in a modern-looking home creating almost like a window into the garden.  Also, people who like fine art nudes and angels may enjoy having such photograph on their walls. This strong male, almost warier-like angel figure could be representing the protective Archangel Michael, even if he has no sword, but maybe used to have one. Perhaps he is just resting before or after the fight.

 

 

 

Buy a pillow with this angel photograph.

Angel from Montrésor – throw pillow

By the way, Château de Montrésor is certainly a wonderful place to visit if you are in France and taking a tour of the Loire Valley.  This old castle has a very long and interesting history. Since the middle of the 19th century, it has been in the possession of a rich Polish count, Xavier Branicki (Ksawery Branicki), who was a friend of an emperor of France, Napoleon III. Branicki has  completely restored this quite badly demolished place and he has beautifully furnished it. This charming Château is still in the possession of the descendants of Branicki’s family and it is available for public viewing.

 

Links:

If you are interested in finding out more about Château de Montrésor, please check the following links, which I have found particularity interesting:
Wikipedia
An article about Château de Montrésor on France Travel Info.
A legend about the origin of the Montrésor name on Experience Loire. It is quite romantic, so have a look.
Have you been to this place yourself? If so, what are your impressions? Is the angel still there? I hope it is.  Please leave your comments and contact me if you have any questions about buying prints or other products from my Fine Art America store.

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Chateau De Versailles Garden In France.

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Here is one of my most popular photographs I presently sell on Fine Art America.

This picture was taken during my trip to France several years ago. The Gardens of Versailles are really very impressive Royal Gardens.

The gardens are placed to the west of the palace and they are really huge covering about 800 hectares. Most of it is landscaped in the classic, very manicured and kind of geometric, in so called, French formal garden style. The garden was designed during the 17th century by André Le Nôtre for the king Louis XIV and it was then considered an ideal garden design and widely copied by many other architects and garden designers, who created similar in style gardens for other kings and aristocrats.

The gardens are now one of the most visited public sites in France, welcoming more than six million tourists per year.

Beside the perfectly maintained lawns, floral carpets and countless sculptures, there are also many impressive looking fountains, which are located throughout the garden. They add really unique look to this gardens. One of the best time to visit the gardens is on  weekends from late spring to early autumn, when you will be able to admire so called the “Grandes Eaux” – a spectacles during which all the fountains in the gardens are fully operational. It is really amazing to see all this beautiful and unique looking fountains working.

In 1979, the gardens, as well as the Château De Versailles were designated as World Heritage Site on the UNESCO list. Presently there are about 30 sites in France with such status.

If you like this picture and French Garden style, I invite you to buy this picture from my Fine Art America store.

It is one of the most popular images I have there. It is available in many sizes, as well as in a variety of printing media, including canvas, watercolour, glossy print, on metal, acrylic and even as a greeting card and a 14×14″ throw pillow . You can buy just the print or have it already framed for you and choose a frame style you like.

Besides the picture, as I have taken, I also show it in this post as a framed print, on canvas and also as a throw pillow.

All original photographs used on these products and this article are copyrighter my me, Renata Ratajczyk. Please contact me if you have any questions and I also encourage you to leave your comments. Perhaps you have visited this place as well?  How did you like it?

 

 

 

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