Since this is the first day of 2014, let’s start with some good news! Europe’s two main cities, London and Paris, were fully decorated for this Christmas ! Nothing was missing from the previous years of affluence. Expensive decoration and bright lights as ever!
Regent Street, London.
London Club, St. James’s square.
Big Ben, London.
Place Vendome, Paris : Elegant as ever and the Ritz hotel is under renovation in order to serve the super rich of this planet.
Champs Elysees, Paris : The streets of Champs Elysees couldn’t be more bright.
With view to Eiffel Tower.
The bad news is that Daumier’s caricature Gargantua cannot be more timely than now!
Daumier produced Gargantua, 1831 which depicts the King as a greed giant sat in the place de la Concorde. The poor people of Paris offer what little money they have as food for the King, who excretes honours on the politicians waiting beneath this commode. Gargantua was never published, but was displayed briefly in the windows of La Caricature’s headquarters. The message of the print was clear for all to see.: the ‘bourgeois monarch was exploiting the ordinary people of Paris to keep his middle-class supporters happy, while growing fat and complacent in the process.
And if you are in London don’t miss the exhibition “Daumier 1808-1879 Visions of Paris” at Royal Academy of Arts. It will give you some insight about our times!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!