Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's

Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's
Eugene Ray 1970's. photo credit: Tom Davis

Saturday, April 25, 2015

RADIANCE IN FRANCE / we found nirvana in our roots

+FRENCH LIGURIA /+
+(ARTIST'S HAVEN)+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>from menton to antibes was my >environmental<
>passion for many years and i first saw it through<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+>> / GENETIC MEMORY)+
>the eyes of picasso, matisse and bonnard long<
>before i was actually able to explore it myself<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER+
>where our bresse ancestors >built the fortress<
>and the giant templar ship to pursue saracens<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT  /+
>(please google)<
+ / VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER)+
>i have stayed & written much about, focused<
>on the cocteau chapel w/ secret sion symbols<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+"BONNARD AT LE CANNET"+
>is a magnificent book that gives us a view<
>of a great artist's powerful place interface<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+>> / PIERRE BONNARD)+
>in this case >"le bosquet"< his home high<
>above cannes on the radiant riviera coast<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                      
>"le bosquet" has been coverted into a bonnard<
>museum since >marian and i were there in the<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+ / MARIAN OLSEN RAY)+
>1980s / le cannet is a suburb of cannes france<
>(marian died in 2003 after 48 yrs of marriage)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>"le bosquet" was >bonnard & his companion<
>marthe's home from the >20s to the 50s / she<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+>> / FRENCH LIGURIA)+
>died there in the >1940s during the 2nd ww<
>the plant life was very important to bonnard<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>(please see an excellent group of >color<
>photos of >le bosquet"on my facebook<
>reflecting bonnard's >spiritual powers)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>after the war the great >magnum photographer<
>henri cartier bresson went looking for bonnard<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+ / LE CANNET FRANCE)+
>and found him alone except for the dachshund<
>dog of marthes to which he was very devoted<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

>cannes is a fabulous reflection of the radiance<
>found environmentally on the french riviera &<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+>>> / FRENCH RIVIERA)+
>given a chance i would be there as we speak<
>the mise en scene is >absolutely spectacular<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>bonnard painted the views from le cannet<
>to the sea many times and i am reminded<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+>>> / CLAUDE MONET)+
>of the paintings of claude monet in italy<
>at bordeghera / radiant w/ vege-lighr<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >marian and i started our pilgrimages to france<
>in 1985 w/ the invitation to the paris biennale<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+>>> / PARIS BIENNALE)+
>& loved it so much we returned almost every<
>year until her death just after christmas 2003<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 >i had admired bonnard's painting technique<
>for many years expanding the power of the<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+ / TRANSCENDENTAL)+
>light by >mottling the pigment in a soft and<
>very french fauve manner, winning the day<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>bonnard loved to paint marthe in very domestic<
>bathing scenes in which their plain bathroom<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+ / RADIANT CONCEPTS)+
>suddenly became paradisal w/ color & light<
>& plain marthe became a french movie star<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >we are reminded of this photo by nilly gill<
>that just outside in bonnard's garden was a<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+/ SENTIENT CREATURES)+
>jungle of sentient plant life and many birds<
>and insects each >radiant and magnificent<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >i am reminded of the residence i designed<
>for the new orleans artist gale wilty which<
+(EUGENE RAY ARCHITECT+
>(please google)<
+> / WILTY RESIDENCE)+
>has a living room patio filled w/ plants &<
>hanging >lights cut from ceramic vases<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+LIVING ROOMS FILLED+
+W/ >SENTIENT PLANTS+
>(bonnard was a small<
>man w/ huge vision)<
+& MARTHE'S BODY IS+
+BONNARDS >DREAM+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>for a blog covering >"hotel splendid" a<
>beautiful & atmospheric old hotel near<
>"le suquet" thé vieux carre of cannes<
>where marianne & i stayed, google<
+(EUGENE RAY >>>  / +
+"HOTEL SPLENDID")+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu








1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed getting to know more about your life and work....marjorie

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