Museum Muses – Muses du musée

Street art of a slightly different kind….  Seen pasted on a wall on a street in Paris – a display of black and white prints of famous paintings by women artists from over the centuries.

below: ‘Game of Chess’ by Sofonisba Anguissola (c1532-1625, Italian)

painting of three women, two are playing chess and the third is watching, painted by Sofonisba Anguissola in the 16th century.  A black and white print pasted on a wall

below:Self Portrait by Judith Leyster (1609-1660, Dutch)

black and white print of Judith Leyster's self portrait

below: Portrait of Antonietta Gonzales painted by Lavinia Fontana. (1552-1614). She was possibly Italy’s first professional painter. The subject of the painting, Antonietta, suffered from a condition known as hypertrichosis (aka werewolf syndrome), a rare genetic disorder that results in excess body hair. Antonietta’s father also had the disorder as did two of her sisters.

black and white print of Lavinia Fontan's portrait of a young girl with werewolf syndrome, painted in the 1500s

below: A man’s portrait by Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757, Venetian)

black and white print of a man's portrait painted by Rosalba Carriera, a Venetian painter

below: ‘Portrait of a Lady as a Vestal Virgin’ by Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), a Swiss Neoclassical painter. Her father was also a painter. He started teaching her at an early age and by 12 she was already known as a painter in her own right. Kauffman was one of only two women founders of the Royal Academy in London.

black and white print of a still life with flowers in a vase and two trophies on a table

below: “Still Life with Flowers and Gold Trophies” by Clara Peeters (1589-1657, Flemish)

black and white print of a painting of a woman as vestal virgin posing, pasted on a wall outside

below: Another still life with flowers, this one by Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750). She was a Dutch artist whose painting career lasted more than 60 years; she was a master at painting still lifes with flowers.

painting of still life flower arrangement, black and white copy pasted onto a wall outdoors

below: ‘The Redeemer’ by St. Hildegard von Bingen (c1098-1179), with a copy of the original (in colour and unfaded) underneath. St. Hildegard, or Sybil of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess with many accomplishments to her name.

a faded to sepia from black and white print of a painting of the redeemer, full of Christian symbolism, by St. Hildegard many centuries ago, copy is pasted onto a concrete wall with peeling paint in Paris

print of a painting of the redeemer, full of Christian symbolism, by St. Hildegard many centuries ago, original colours

below: ‘The Penis Tree’. Between about 1325 and 1353, Jeanne and Richard de Montbaston printed books and manuscripts including the “scandalous, rude and misogynistic” poem, the ‘Roman de la Rose’. The first 4,058 verses were written by Guillaume de Lorris in the early 1200s and they describe a courtier’s attempt to win over a woman. About 40 years later, Jean de Meun (aka Jean Chopinel) wrote another 19000 lines. This was before the invention of the printing press so each manuscript was hand drawn. The picture shown here of a nun picking penises from a tree is attributed to Jeanne de Montbaston.

very small print of a medieval drawing of a person picking penises off a small tree and putting them in a basket, displayed with other images on an exterior wall with peeling paint.

women, cats, and égalité

Three more large murals in the 13th arrond. of Paris

two murals on the sides of highrise apartments, a black cat by c215 and a medallion shaped piece by Shepard Fairy

below: Very French – liberté, égalité, and fraternité, in red, white, and blue by Shepard Fairey

mural by Shepard Fairey in Paris, on top of a building, French motto Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite forming a large circle, with a woman's head in the middle.  Woman has roses in her hair.

below: Large black cat overlooking rue Nationale by French artist C215, aka Christian Guémy

large mural of a black cat's head, in profile

below: Dface is the artist who painted this bright blue haired woman.

DFace mural of a woman's head, bright blue hair and red lips, on the side of a residential building in Paris

close up of DFace mural of a woman's head, bright blue hair and red lips, on the side of building in Paris

rue de la Fontaine au Roi

below: Crazy P (= Crazy Partners) creation, a collaboration between a number of artists. First, a skull by Cannibal Letters. Unfortunately, the skull’s white teeth are hidden by the construction rubbish in front of it.

around the corner of a small store, on exterior wall, a series of murals and street art pieces, first one is by crazy p and features a person in a brown gas mask

below: Shhhh…. says this shady fellow, by Dante

below: Mustached and bearded character by Piman50cl

mural of black and white character by artist Piman 50 cl

below: Walking past a big slurp and a few spider webs painted by Haribow

a woman dressed in blue walks past a wall painted in graffiti and street art

below: Taking the idea of going incognito one step farther, and hiding behind another layer of paint

graffiti covering an older mural where only the head of a man in a red hoodie and sunglasses can be seen

below: Evidence that there was once more here

two faces, a man and a woman, in black and white remain while the rest of their mural has been covered over by another

below: More layers, in triplicate this time

evidence of at least three layers of different street art

below: What big claws you have! …. The better to cling to this wall my dear

high on the side of a residential building, a black line drawing of a wolf with fangs, as well as blobs by POST painted in 2020
a wall of throw up street art, different tags in different colours and styles

Nô portraits

These five street art portraits by Nô were seen on or near Rue Dénoyez in Belleville, Paris…. an older aboriginal Australia with his decorated boomerang, two young girls looking out for each other, another child, a man in dreadlocks, and an indigenous American in a feather head dress.

street art portrait by No on rue Denoyer in Paris, of an indigenous Australian man with arm upraised and holding a boomerang covered with aboriginal symbols and art

street art painting of two young girls dressed in blue, older girl is protectively holding the younger one

street art painting in Paris of a black man in dreadlocks with two girls, one on his shoulders, the other in front of him

portrait of a young child by artist no, on pink background, blue t shirt, black hair,

There are many more examples of his portrait painting on instagram, no street art

Photos were taken in June 2022

rue Mouffetard

This large mural, ‘Cecile’s House’, painted by SETH adorns the side of a school on rue Mouffetard (at rue Saint-Medard)

large mural painted by seth on the end of a row of buildings on rue Mouffetard in Paris, a girl with a ponytail is drawing a simple box-like building with different coloured crayons.

A small painting by the same artist is on the school gate, beside an upright grey and blue rabbit (un lapin gris et bleu!).

mural by seth on a gate, two kids, a boy and a girl kneeling face to face with heads joined together.

Also on rue Moufftarde are two whimsical pieces by Oji

red storefront, librairie (book store) with a small mural painted on the wall beside it, a painting by Oji of an older grey haired person with a cane spray painting something on a wall, and a younger man with a yellow bird on his head and pulling a wagon, watching.

Never underestimate the grey haired people!

a painting by Oji of an older grey haired person with a cane spray painting something on a wall, and a younger man with a yellow bird on his head and pulling a wagon, watching.

Oji is amember of Lezarts de la Bievre, a collective of Paris street artists.

a mural of a man walking with a large paper folded sailboat around his middle and carrying a long paddle, and a younger boy above him with a hat caught on a fishing hook

nous amour sens reve – four little words – we love meaning dream, mix and match to your heart’s content.

four little pieces of 3 D graffiti high on a wall, a small yellow octopus, a bright green skull, a red heart made of small tiles, and a crossword puzzle made of tiles with four words, amour, nous, sen, and reve

Photos taken June 2022

rue de Croulebarbe

In the 13th arrond. of Paris, on rue de Croulebarbe, there is one segment of wall covered with street art.

concrete wall on rue de Coulebarbe, about 8 feet tall, with some street art on it

below: Unfortunately Chloe’s name has been added on top of this mural by Titomulk, a pair of French artists. It hides some of the intricate black and white details, as well as some of the text, of the “Insania Cultura” mural. A singer with her microphone, a portrait of Van Gogh, a book with the title “Knowledge is Power”, a Spiderman mask, and a very naked man. “Si vous trouvez [illegible] culture, coute cher, essayez l’ignorance” translates to ‘If you find culture too expensive, try ignorance.’

below: Painted to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “The Kid”, a silent movie starring Charlie Chaplin, by Sweb and Sonia O.

black and white street art painting, portrait of Charlie Chaplin, also a female actress, border is film with sprocket holes

below: A Mr. Myl creation – text and a toothy purple guy with a white nose ring, greenery, and barbed wire

mr myl text street art with purpe headed character, big teeth white nose ring,

below: Five black and white portraits of women with red text, “Hey Heroes, I will be your Queen”.

street art painted portraits in black and white, 5 women

rue de Savies

is a small street in the 20th arr., in the Belleville neighbourhood of Paris.

small stencil on a concrete wall, young girl in red dress with long hair tied back, holding a potted plant in a bucket, walking away with her back to viewer

below: Henry the bear on his scooter. One of the many bears released around the city by #bear_in_mind aka Gil Dassillien. You can see many more on his instagram page (check the link!).

black and white drawing on paper, pasted to wall, a bear on a scooter, wearing a shirt with the name Henry on it, street scene,

below: Amazing! large mural.

large mural with the word amazing written in cursive in yellow, orange and red, tribute mural to brens ody basketball player

below: A kiss in primary colours, a painting by SWeb aka Sebastien

below: Bare minimum white person rejoicing with the birds (or chasing pigeons…), jumping over rocks by the waterfall.

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below: Top right, a street art piece by LOUYZ. A fish out of water bursting through the wall, a Paris fish at that. Above the door – three lost little ones from Pac Man.

exterior wall with graffiti on it, large purple head of a bird with yellow beak and blue hat

graffiti of multicoloured woman sitting

honey bears

I don’t think that these characters are actually called Honey Bear but that’s what I started calling them as I found more of them on the streets of Paris. I’m not sure if they even have a name.

I can remember my parents buying honey in bear shaped bottles. After a quick google search, I now know that this bear shaped bottle was first used in 1957 for Dutch Gold Honey, and was design by Ralph and Luella Gamber. They never patented the idea and it was copied by many other honey producers and vendors.

The street art bears are the work of fnnch, an artist based in San Francisco USA. If you take a look at his instagram page, you will discover that this bear comes in hundreds of variations! There is even bear merchandise. I only saw 6 variations…. These are the ones that I saw.

Bowie Bear

street art bear in the shape of a bear shaped honey bottle with David Bowie lightning flash over one eye

Red Wine Bear

two graffiti pieces on a wall, a honey bear with a glass of red wine and a tile portrait

Martini Shaker Bear

Cool Heart Shaped Sunglasses Bear (tapping his foot!?)

Spray Paint Can Bear

Avocado Bear

rue des deux boules

painting on a wall on re des deux boules that looks like a pastel portrait of a woman showing her hand as well

below: 3-D blue man face with rainbow bubbles by Gregos.

3 dimensional mask, painted blue, of a man, with many red, yellow, blue, and green, bubbles or circles above the head, street art by gregos

below: More 3D heads, this time it’s Mr. Serieux with 5 green stars, Mr. Affreux, Mr. Soleil with his yellow rays of light, and Mme Lune with an orange crescent moon that looks like an orange banana or a piece of canteloupe.

4 faces, 3 D, made of plaster, painted, on an outside wall, street art, labelled as Mr. Serieux, Mr. Affreux, Mme Lune and Mr. Soleil.

below: Small cat skeleton graffiti by Mr. Byste

small graffiti of a cat with cat skeleton showing

below: The cafe may be missing an A but it’s got a heart, if you can work your way through the maze to reach it.

cafe and chinese restaurant on rue des deux boules, with street art painting beside it, a red heart inside a black and white maze

below: It’s all about the Journey, by studiojonesie, aka Amy Jones

two street art painting, on the right are blue and white flowers on link background with the words it's all about the journey painted underneath.  on the left is a person upside down with spray paint can in hand, and word loon

below: It looks like a naked man climbing a mountain of rocks, a long uphill journey.

street art painting of a white silhouette naked man climbing a mountain of multi coloured rocks, with a star at the very top

below: Three little pink and red female forms by Wild Wonder Woman.

three little paste ups on a wall, female form in pink or red, one in middle has a flower in it
portrait of a man that looks like Stevie Wonder, in grey shades, on blue background, street art, black man with short hair and wearing sunglasses, smiling
street art of a man with a red mask over his eyes, behind the bars of a window

stencil graffiti, potrait of a man with the profane words le foutur en marche

below: Rue des Deux Boules is a short street, only one block long. At one end is rue Bertin Poiree where you can find these two little 3D objects stuck to the wall – a gymnast standing on one hand and a striped octopus.