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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Arts and Archives 2014: Happy May Day, Peonies and Lily of the Valley

Vincent Jeannerot working with a peony
First of May in France is different from that in the U.S. Everything was  closed, museums, libraries and even the bus traffic and Metro was down. The streets were relatively empty except people who were selling bouquets of Lily of the Valley. In France First of May is also called Lily of the Valley Day. The French tradition of giving lily-of-the-valley flowers on May Day is supposed to have begun on May 1st, 1561, when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bunch of lily-of-the-valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity for the coming year.
This was one of the few days that we have had sunshine in the morning which made our walk to Vincent Jeannerot's studio very enjoyable. Vincent gave us an excellent demonstration of his painting method and how he gives the form and color for his subject matter, in this case a peony.
Please see more pictures from our day by clicking here.
You can see yesterday by clicking here and the day before by clicking here.

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