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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de MontréalDernier déjeuner sur l'herbe Tapestry


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#1 Mireille

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 07:08 AM

In Montreal's Place des Arts, at the Salle Maisonneuve, right above the entrance stairs, you may now admire the beautiful tapestry "dernier déjeuner sur l'herbe" made by Canadian hand weaver Louise Lemieux-Bérubé based on a photo taken during a ballet by Fernand Nault, I believe, in 1965 (hope I'm correct); unfortunately, the 14 male dancers from the GBCM are not identified. Here is a link to a photo of the tapestry:

http://www.fiberscen...26/berube3.html

#2 support system

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 08:10 AM

What a breathtaking image. Another reason for a Montreal visit!

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 05:43 PM

So the translation is "Big Canadian Ballet's Last supper (with spice)"? My French is very poor, I usually get slapped when I try to speak french.

#4 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 05:57 PM

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens - name of the resident dance company in Montreal.
Dejeuner - lunch
sur l'herbe - on the grass.

The Manet picture that is the original reference - http://en.wikipedia....on_on_the_Grass

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:38 AM

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens - name of the resident dance company in Montreal.
Dejeuner - lunch
sur l'herbe - on the grass.

The Manet picture that is the original reference - http://en.wikipedia....on_on_the_Grass



Ah, the "Naked Lady Picnic" :blushing:

#6 bart

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:47 AM

... and, for some reason, it reminds me of Botticelli's "Three Graces," despite the difference in gender. Three Graces

#7 La_ptite

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 12:49 PM

Hi,

Actually this picture remind me the last supper from leonardo Da vinci :

http://fr.wikipedia......495-1498).jpg

It is about the same diposition in group of three and the looks are pretty much the same (turn in the middle). Take a deeper look at the arms positions, they really looks alike.

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 01:35 PM

Actually this picture remind me the last supper from leonardo Da vinci :

http://fr.wikipedia......495-1498).jpg

It is about the same diposition in group of three and the looks are pretty much the same (turn in the middle). Take a deeper look at the arms positions, they really looks alike.

Wow! The composition -- except for the difference between standing and sitting -- IS quite similar! Your comparison made me focus much more on the central figure in the tapestry than I had before. I had also missed the implications of that word "Dernier" in the title -- and the wit of combining two very different sets of allusions: to the Last Supper and to the Manet painting.

Thanks.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 08:07 AM

Mirielle mentioned earlier that she didn't know who the dancers were in the picture. The central figure ("Christ") is Vincent Warren. Vincent is American. He immigrated to Canada in the early Sixties and danced as a principal dancer with Les Grands until 1979. Since then, he has taught at the company's school and for many years, until his retirement this year, was the curator of La Bibliotheque de la danse, one of the best dance collections in Canada.

Thanks Mirielle for sharing such a wonderful picture!


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