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After the orchestra pit of the Opéra Garnier, the ceiling of the Comédie Française!
All I had to do was to walk a few hundred meters (both two buildings are located at opposite ends of the Avenue de l'Opera) and, most importantly, let a lot of time go by to post a new photo on TrekEarth...

On stage, a relentless series of lies and misunderstandings unravels through three acts, written by Georges Feydeau in 1894 and produced with constant success ever since. Cowardice, opportunism and pettiness fight for center stage in Un fil à la patte. And if self-righteous bourgeois morality gets (slightly) dressed down, it constantly overcomes incresingly delusional situations and ends up triumphant and unchallenged.

Way up high, when the theatre is lit, a completely different story unfolds under the brush of Albert Besnard since the beginning of the twentieth century: preceded the choir of king Piero's daughters, escorted by the Hours, Apollo celebrates the arts by playing the lyre. Luxury, calm and voluptuousness, all in all... though the subject itself is nothing new or original. In 1869, the painter William Bouguereau presented a variant of it for the concert hall of the Grand-Théâtre in Bordeaux. Théophile Gautier, a famous art critic and successful novelist, then remarked that it is difficult to beat mythology for decorative themes, and efforts to invent something original rarely lead to happy results. Indeed, the Olympian gods and personifications of allegory are still more likely to live above our heads in the clear blue sky and clouds. More real beings, whose imaginary fall seems to crush us, are always disturbing.

Photo taken from the second balcony, looking up to the ultimate level and ceiling. To fully grasp Besnard's composition, simply turn your screen upside down...


Someone to claim us, someone to follow
Someone to shame us, some brave Apollo
Someone to rule, someone like you
We want you Big Brother
David Bowie

Lens distorsion correction, color balance adjustment

Polychrome ⇒ Vert

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