Les Pays-Bas méridionaux

The other day, I wrote about an exhibit at the musée Marmottan, but that’s not the only special even currently taking place there at the moment. Until February 3, 2013, there is also an exhibit of Flemish masters from the baroque period, including Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens. This was known as “le siècle d’or” (sea-ek-luh door) in Holland and Belgium, corresponding to the 17th century, a time of enormous peace and prosperity when the arts flourished.

The Marmottan exhibit features 41 paintings organized based on the main genres, historical paintings, still lives, portraits, humble household scenes, and landscapes from the Royal Museums of Belgium.  In addition to the painters who are household names, there are other who were part of their circle whose names have passed into near-oblivion. This is the first of a series of art exchanges between the two museums scheduled through 2015.

In reading about this exhibit, I learned a new word, méridionaux, as part of the phrase “les Pays-Bas méridionaux” (lay pay-ee bah mare-id-e-on-o), which means “the southern low countries.” Apparently, it’s quite commonly used to refer to southerners in France, too, such as Les méridionaux ont 300 jours du soleil chaque année. (Southerners have 300 days of sun each year.) Whether you come from the north, south, or somewhere in between, this exhibit at the Marmottan looks like it’s worth seeing.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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1 Response to Les Pays-Bas méridionaux

  1. Pingback: Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Flemish painters during revolution | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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