Rhapsody in Blue
Here I am back at rue de l’Echaudé. I have walked a little further down the street than in my last drawing done in April (see below). Now I am nearly at the corner of rue Jacob. Saint Sulpice looms nearer than it did in my last streetscape. The photos sourced for these drawings were taken minutes from one another.
I borrowed the title of George Gershwin’s musical composition for my drawing. I also listened to it quite often during the drawing process. I love the music of Gershwin. “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris” are two of my favourite pieces of music and have been for as long as I can remember. I have just read on line that Ira Gershwin suggested the title “Rhapsody in Blue” to his brother after visiting an exhibition of James McNeill Whistler’s paintings. There he saw titles like “Nocturne in Black and Gold” and “Arrangement in Grey and Black”. So – painting titles influenced concerto title which in turn became my drawing title. Thanks James, Ira and George!
Perhaps this is my last drawing of rue de l’Echaudé. I wasn’t quite ready to call it quits after I finished my April rendition of it. However now I feel that my appetite for drawing it has been satisfied.
The walls on either side of the drawing are very dark to direct your eyes where I want them to go, (rather like the role of black theatre curtains). You are swept along the light-reflecting lane towards Saint Sulpice tower where, if you are a spirit (or a pigeon) you may effortlessly ascend to the parapet. When I die, I will perform this aerobatic manoeuvre. Till then, I’ll just imagine it.
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