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We recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the illustrated column A Few Parisians by David Cessac in Paris. In this giveaway, you can win an original signed print of his piece, “To be or not to be…a Parisian.” Enter below and scroll down to see a video of the making of this piece of art!
One year… thirteen illustrations. When we first interviewed cartoonist David Cessac, he said, “for me, the characters, the Parisians, are the most important, and they are the ones who define the character of the whole city.” In this anniversary video marking David’s one year mark illustrating the column “A Few Parisians” for Untapped Cities, videographer Enzo Van Erven captured David at work on the streets of Paris on a staircase near the Palais de Tokyo and the Boulevard d’Iena. It was particularly special for us to witness the process of creation and the moment where David’s sharp wit meets his talented drawing hand. To another great year, David!
There is a special atmosphere on the Rive Gauche of Paris (pronounce it “Reeve Gosh”).
This is a fairly subtle alchemy between “the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie,” a particular Left Bank Parisian style that is more Saint-Laurent than bling, and a delicate scent of literature floating in the air around Saint-Germain-des-Près.
And it’s true. One can even smell the high style and intellectual spirit of this neighborhood. For instance, at Frédéric Malle’s shop at 37, Rue de Grenelle in the middle of smelling columns and transparent refrigeration cabinets, the “Editeur de Parfums,” as the founder calls himself, publishes the olfactory creations of selected “fragrance authors.’” The names of the perfumes are named like books with evocative titles, like “En passant” “Dans tes bras” or “Portrait of a Lady”.
Paris, Place de la Bastille – July 25 – 90° F:
When it’s so hot in the city, Parisians don’t have the strength to complain any longer (it’s a fact). Unlike New Yorkers, they are not used to high temperatures. It’s like transferring a delicate wild creature out of its natural habitat and installing it in a totally unknown eco-system where it can’t adapt. And, when Diabolo Menthe or Pastis can’t do their refreshing job…the end is probably near.