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Chapter 8 - Paris and the Belle Époque

from Part II - Stravinsky and Europe

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 December 2020

Graham Griffiths
Affiliation:
City, University of London
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Where am I? From the vantage point of a small, pedestrian-only square (nowadays a popular selfie spot), a trio of visual oddities looms large. To the north is a modern-looking edifice with exterior escalators, electrics, plumbing and ventilation pipes. Opposite is a chaos of water-spurting sculptures, including a snake, a treble clef, a bowler hat, giant lips painted rouge, an elephant, some sort of avian creature and a red-headed mermaid with oversize breasts. Equally bizarre, to the west, is a huge graffitied face, a black-and-white self-portrait by the French street-artist Jean-François Perroy (he prefers ‘Jef Aérosol’). Two bulging eyes stare down at those paddling in the shallow water of the fountains, while a single finger, pressed against pursed lips, calls for silence: Chuuuttt! (Shhhhh!).

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Stravinsky in Context , pp. 71 - 79
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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