Toastmasters: A tale from France

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Another speech by Moi. This was the longest speech I've ever gave, It was 7 hours and I was only allow 6!

Submitted: October 20, 2011

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A thief stole some paintings from the Louvre in Paris.

He got past security and made it safely to his van, but he was captured just two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.

When he was asked how he could mastermind such a crime, and make such an obvious error, He replied, “Monsieur that is the reason I stole these paintings.

I had no Monet

To buy Degas

To make the Van Gogh

I tell you this because I have nothing Toulouse.

Impressionist painters were rebels, in the late 1800’s who rejected the art style of the day. Instead of painting what they saw, they painted what they felt. They used soft lines, blurry shadows and playful lighting to create pictures that follow the basic form of an image, but fill it with a playful and dreamy look.

Post-impressionist painters, extended impressionism, while rejecting its limitations. They were more inclined to use geometric forms and unnatural and unusual colors.

Claude Monet was the founder of the 19 century art movement know as impressionism. In his early life, his father wanted him to join the family grocery business but he wanted to be an artist and much to his father’s disappointment, Monet entered art school.  In school he became known for his charcoal caricatures, which he sold for ten to twenty francs, which is about 10-20 dollars. Later, he met fellow artist, Eugene Boudin, who became his mentor and taught him how to use oil paints. When Monet would visit the Louvre in Paris, he would notice that other artists were copying from the old masters so Monet decided instead, to paint what he saw around him, people and scenery. Monet’s impressionistic paintings eventually sold well.  One of his paintings sold around 39 million dollars in 1998. Monet eventually died of lung cancer at the age of 86. His home is now a French, national monument.

Edgar Degas was also a 19th century artist from France who is best known for paintings, pastels, drawings of dancers, women at the toilette and Parisian street scenes. He started painting at an early age but being born to a wealthy banking family, his father expected him to go to law school. At the age of eighteen, Degas dutifully went but made little effort in his studies. Two years later he quit and entered art school.

After his father died, Degas was forced to sell his house and inherited artwork to save the family name when it was discovered that his brother had amassed enormous business debts. Dependent for the first time on sales of his artwork for money, he painted much of his greatest works during this time. Degas believed, “The artist must live alone, and his private life must remain unknown,” he died at the age of 83, a bachelor. He was thought of as one of the founders of impressionism but he rejected the term and preferred to be called a realist.

Vincent van Gogh was a 19th century post-impressionist painter. He is as famous for his mental instability as for his vivid paintings. Van Gogh’s artistic style was fresh and astounding, with impressionistic burst of color and rough brush strokes. His series of brooding and mysterious self portraits is rightly famous. His career as an artist lasted only 10 years and went along with frequent bouts of depression and anguish; in a famous 1888 incident, his left ear was slashed off in a fight. Some say he did it to himself because he was upset at a lover. Vincent van Gogh died in France two days after attempting suicide by shooting himself in the chest with a pistol. Van Gogh created many of his greatest paintings in the last two years of his life. Among his best-known works are: The Potato eaters, Starry night, and Irises.

Henri Toulouse was another French post-impressionist painter and, a graphic artist. He developed a keen interest in art during a lengthy convalescence after both of his legs were fractured in separate accidents that left them permanently stunted and made walking difficult. He reached adulthood with the trunk of a normal sized man with abnormally short legs. He was only 4 and half feet tall.

When he failed his college entrance exams, his parents gave him permission to enter art school. After art school he established a studio in the Montmartre district of Paris and began his lifelong association with the area’s cafes, cabarets, entertainers, and artists. Ideas for his art came from his observations of what occurred on stage and among the patrons. One of his most famous works, Moulin Rouge la Goulue, was a poster designed for the new Moulin Rouge nightclub. What was suppose to be a promotional advertisement for the club became a true masterpiece and a collector’s item.

Toulouse was often teased for being small and found comfort in drinking. Alcoholism lead to the failure of his health and eventual death in 1901.

After studying and reading about these artists, the one thing I’ve learned is that most artists are never rich and famous in their life time; it isn’t until after their death that their family finally has the Monet to buy Degas to make their van Gogh and I have nothing Toulouse in telling you this tale. Now, if you have DeGaulle, you can tell it to someone else!!!


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