sempé: un concerto magnifique . . .

we left in yonder . . .
music to our ears . . .
back and all is well. . .

© jean jacques sempé


city night flight . . .

city night flight . . .

black and white
acrylic and oil mix
on canvas. . .

© 2011 bijou le tord

canio's books in sag harbor, ny . . .

canio's books store in sag harbor, ny . . .

where is the book you loved to read ?
canio's books on main street
will certainly have it !
you love to meet maryann and kathryn
owners of the bookstore. . .
the are charming ladies
with impeccable taste in both
new and used books . .

give them a cal:: 631 725 4926

blue boat in bay . . .

blue boat in bay . . .
©2011 kathryn szotka 
One Eye Open Photography – Kathryn Szoka


barclays: 2 lead-soldiers on patrol

on patrol
barclays: 2 lead-soldiers


sunday stroll - a lead-soldier . . .

sunday stroll  - a lead-soldier . . .
found on the web
or a, antique toy- fair 

verbalized . . . green mount soldier 02188 pq brittain. . .

 " verbalized . . . green mount soldier 02188 pq brittain. . . "

1918 cancelled proof tin & lead soldier
rheiger & blake ,  Manchester- England

© 2011 bijou le tord

cherry trees in éteize . . .

cherry trees in éteize,
ardèche. . .

© 2011 bijou le tord 

Pierre Bonnard . . .

pierre bonnard

" femme au chapeau "

Medium: original lithograph. This impression is from the very small edition of 20 printed on japon paper (180 were printed on Arches wove paper, for a total edition of 200). All were printed by André Clot for the rare "Éloge de Pierre Bonnard" by Léon Werth, published in 1946 by Manuel Bruker. The lithographs from Éloge are beautiful and subtle -- fine examples of the artist's later work (Bonnard died the next year in 1947). Image size: 7 x 5 1/2 inches (180 x 145mm); the total sheet measures 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 (325 x 250mm). Not signed -- no impressions were hand-signed.

Pierre Bonnard regard sur la Méditerranée . . .

Pierre Bonnard

" soleil couchant sur la Méditerranée "
color lithograph published by VERVE in 1940. . .


Henri Cartier-Bresson . . .

Henri Cartier-Bresson
portrait of Carl Jung . . .

© Henri Cartier-Bresson

carl jung's red book . . .

This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are made from thick cream-colored parchment and filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and handwritten dialogues with gods and devils. If you didn’t know the book’s vintage, you might confuse it for a lost medieval tome.

Published: September 16, 2009
© 2009 . New York Times


a fisherman's shack . . .

on a fisherman's shack in amagansett, ny ,
there was a small sign that said ' guests '
 the shack is now  gone . . . replaced by a fancy 

$2.000.000 summer mansion
which stands along with hundred's others like it. . .

  all  have sprouted at record speed
in the sand dunes of amagansett village
all facing the atlantic ocean.

what remains of the shack is this 
painted grey sign 
on a narrow piece of wood . . .  i had the chance to be
on site the day  before the shack was destroyed. . .
i kept it with me so something of the fisherman's
house would be remembered.

© 2010 bijou le tord
tinted black & white
photograph. . .
amagansett, ny. usa

blue steel rider: john wayne. . .

blue steel 
john wayne riding along . . .


frédérique chéramy's trucks collection . . .

in lulu's garden resides
part of frédérique chéramy trucks collection. . .
© 2011 bijou le tord


gina light visionary concept car BMW . . .

BMW recently revealed the GINA light visionary model concept car, an innovative new exploration in car design. 
instead of the traditional steel and plastic body shell, the GINA concept uses a textile fabric starches over a wire frame. this unique idea allows the car’s skin to change shape, stretching to match the position and curve of the wire frame. this idea is demonstrated in the ‘blinking’; headlights and the flexibility of the car doors as they open. the project began by questioning the purpose of a car’s body and exploring new possibilities. chris bangle, director of design for BMW, discuses the project in the video below. the car is currently on show at the BMW museum in munich, germany.


franz kline at the metropolitan museum . . .

Franz Kline (American, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1910–1962 New York, New York)
ca. 1956
Oil, ink, cut, torn and pasted paper on paper
H. 10-1/4, W. 10-1/4 inches (26 x 26 cm.)
Drawings & Watercolors
Gift of Renée and David McKee, 1984
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
metropolitan museum NYC-USA

a113/sp/ b89xS. . . tuning model . . .

a113/sp/ b89xS
automotive workshop
tuning model z55
©1999 bijou le tord
mineola, long island, ny

a15/q4559. SP . . . tuning model

a15/q4559. SP
automotive workshop
tuning model c88
billock, california
© 1948 bijou le tord

a196FC/22q78a. . . tuning model . . .

automotive workshop
tuning model c88P
atlanta, georgia
© 1988 bijou le tord


giacometti and the etruscans : an exhibition in Paris this fall . . .

alberto giacometti: 1901- 1966
Woman Walking (Femme qui marche), 1932.
Plaster, 150 cm high, including base.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

PARIS.- It is the most eventful exhibition of the fall, an exhibition that the specialists and art lovers of Giacometti, have been expecting for over fifty years. Giacometti’s attraction to the primitive figure was present very early on in the artist’s oeuvre. Etruscan art, which he first of all discovered in the Louvre, in the archeological department, where he went regularly, then during the exhibition on the Etruscans in 1955 in Paris, was, however, to produce in the artist a very meaningful turmoil, and made up one of the essential keys to the understanding of his best known and most powerful form of creation. The exhibition will be on view from September 16, 2011 through January 8, 2012 at the Pinacothèque de Paris.


Photographer Rune Werner Molnes . . .



I have been planning my next solo trip to Iceland for the past three years. Finally, the time has come to depart. I will be leaving tomorrow morning, anxious like a kid on Xmas eve, since I have an idea of what’s expecting me. This third journey to the Saga Island will be part of my ongoing Iceland- project which will culminate in a exhibition and an unknown number of other manifestations.
I had originally planned on taking the Smyril Line ferry from Bergen to Iceland, but sadly they have closed shop in Bergen. Therefore the first leg of my journey will consist of a monumental detour to Denmark, and then via The Faroe Islands and finally to Iceland. You might ask yourself - why go through all that trouble when I could just hop on a plane? Well, it's easier to bring all my gear by sea, and most importantly enables me to bring along my “Fotomobil”, which have been my faithful companion for the last four years. I could of course rent a car over there, but that would be quite expensive, or put another way,  more or less what it took to customize my Pajero for Icelandic conditions. As you might have figured, most of my trip will be far off the ring road.
Since I have all of September at my disposal, I have decided this time over to stay longer at each location. In my experience the best images surface when you have had time to absorb your surroundings for some days or more. True to the same philosophy I will also travel extensive parts of my route by foot. I will be filming parts of my trip to give you some glimpses from my journey. This video footage will consist of stuff such as short “behind the scenes” conveying a particularly moody atmosphere in camp or a dramatic rivercrossing etc. Since I will be spending most of my time in the country's interior landscape, far from any trace of civilization (and loving it), the majority of these videos will probably be uploaded upon my return home. I will however make an effort to post updates and pictures from my trip whenever I have the opportunity to hook up en route. (Both here and in my Facebook profile: http://on.fb.me/molnes).
For those of you with some knowledge of Icelandic geography, my main routes will consist of Sprengisandur, Kjölur and some less familiar routes. I will also be visiting Snefellsnes, Landmannalaugar, Reykjavik, Jökulsárlón, Skógar, Vestmanna Island, Thórsmörk and many more.
Also, a big thanks to Mariann, without your generous seal of approval this trip would not have been possible.
In a few hours from now, I will be leaving for Iceland. I hope for magical light and many a good moment for self reflection and discovery, speckled with some action and adventure. I will make my best effort to return home in one piece, until then you are invited to follow me on my journey.