Lichtenstein at the Pompidou Centre

For our Saturday night in Paris Mary and I popped along to one of the most famous sites in the city, the Pompidou Centre.
Decorated with colourful air-conditioning pipes, exposed lifts and escalators, the building has the interior of a boiler-house…outside.
It holds various adaptable spaces used for museum and art exhibitions as well as a library and performance centres.
Starting at 10pm we decided to avoid the hour-long queues and catch the tail end of the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition.
Lichtenstein was a major figure in Pop art (1923 – 1997), establishing a style based on clean, stylised lines, enlarged dots and primary colours applied in blocks.
His work is instantly recognisable, inspired by comic strips from children’s books, war stories and sentimential comic magazines aimed at teenage girls.
Some of my favourites are the paintings of affected girls with sophisticated hairstyles and make-up which embodied the masculine ideal of the glamours female figure.
And throughout you can see he liked to base his comic strip paintings on stories rife with dramatic tension.

Once we finished our wander at 11pm we returned to Mary’s favourite part of the city, Le Marais, in search of wine and food.

We huddled together outside a bistro and proceeded to order copious amounts of red wine, cheese and bread. A perfect way to spend a Saturday evening in Paris with a good friend.

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