I always loved beautiful stories, Those told in books. Now, I try to invent them, with my pictures. I hope that when you look at them, You will know my feelings and share my emotions. — Eric Drigny
[Photos by Eric Drigny source: artist’s portfolio]
Eric Drigny: I was born in Charleville Mézières, a small town north east of France. I now live near PARIS for almost 20 years. Amateur photographer for about 10 years, I love photographing in the streets of Paris.
Paris was in its artistic prime in the 19th century and early 20th century, when it had a colony of artists established in the city and in art schools associated with some of the finest painters of the times: Manet, Monet, Berthe Morisot, Gauguin, Renoir and others. The French Revolution and political and social change in France had a profound influence on art in the capital. Paris was central to the development of Romanticism in art, with painters such as Gericault. Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Art Deco movements all evolved in Paris. In the late 19th century, many artists in the French provinces and worldwide flocked to Paris to exhibit their works in the numerous salons and expositions and make a name for themselves. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Henri Rousseau, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani and many others became associated with Paris. Picasso, living in Montmartre, painted his famous La Famille de Saltimbanques and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon between 1905 and 1907. Montmartre and Montparnasse became centres for artistic production. — Wikipedia