Monday, June 06, 2005
PicassietteAfter touring Chartres cathedral and eating some lunch, we took a short bus ride across town to La Maison Picassiette.
Raymond Isidore built his home in the 1930, shortly after getting married to a woman with three children. In 1938 he started decorating his home with mosaic. He is quoted as saying "I built my house first of all to put a roof over our heads. Once the house was completed I went for a walk in the fields and it was then that I saw by chance little bits of broken glass, fragments of china, broken crockery. I gathered them together without any precise intention for their colors and sparkle."
At first he planned to decorate the walls with these colorful fragments. However, the decoration became a devotion and eventually he created mosaic decorations on the floors, ceilings and every piece of furniture. Really, everything is covered with mosaic in La Maison Picassiette. It kind of made the group wonder how his wife put up with this obsession, even if it was art. It was their home!
Chartres mosaic in the front yard.
As the work on his home continued Isidore earned a derisive nickname: Picassiette. This name was a double entendre....first because the word means thief of plates (pique-assiette) and second because of the play on Picasso and plates (Picasso-assiette). According to some reports, Isidore used tens of thousands of broken plate pieces for his mosaic home.
A graveyard sweeper by day, Isidore devoted somewhere around 25 years, 29,000 hours and 15 tons of crockery on his project in an effort to escape the monotony of his everyday existence.
This was by far one of the most interesting and unusual places I've been to because it was just so odd. I love mosaic's and Isidore's work is beautiful, but I couldn't quite get over that feeling that he must have been a bit off or completely obsessed to have accomplished this amazing home. But others must think that this place is worth a visit.... something like 30,000 people tour Isidore's home every year.
Eiffel Tower in mosaic... backyard garden.
-- said Auntie M in Paris
I do love that Eiffel Tower mosaic. Great pictures, as always. At least I have an arsenal now of 500 to try and top you!
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# posted by Pecos Blue : 4:18 PM
love this - day in paris
an out of the "blue" type house
(at least much of the house looks blue on my pc)
thanks for the pic and the post
since i may never get to france
i truly enjoy the bits you give us
make a book, i'd buy it :)
# posted by Anonymous : 4:46 PM
Did the kids come with you? What did they think of it?
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Thanks for stopping by my blog! Come back whenever you want. :-)
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Nutella organizes breakfast for kids in Paris (metro St-Paul, 46, rue de Sevigne) and it's a lot of fun. They cook nutella crumble or egg "a la coque" with nutella and "mouillette" of nutella... Too bad it only lasts 40 days...
It lasts 40 days because this year Nutella (which is Italian, not French) is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
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