There is an exhibition of illuminated manuscripts and religious art in the Daniel Wildstein Gallery. It is amazing to me what a laborious task it must have been to create these gilded pages. The monks who created these works must have been trained from young boys in art and calligraphy. I compare it to the Bayeux Tapestry that I saw a few weeks ago and marvel at the talent and dedication of early artisans.
The temporary exhibition at the Marmottan is a display of the works a French artist, Marie Laurencin, who lived in the first half of the 20th century and was influential in the avant-garde art and literary movements in Paris. She was a contemporary of Picasso and painted pastel scenes mostly of women. Her works have a dream-like, curvilinear quality that express an idyllic feminine world. I had never heard of her so I learned a lot from my visit. What impresses me is the large number of retired French people who visit the temporary exhibitions and who listen attentively to the docents.
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St. Germain and contains various interesting food shops and restaurants. The most famous is Procope, the oldest coffee house in Paris (established 1686). I like to wander on this street on Sundays and to people-watch.