Sunday, January 20, 2013

Love and Romance
 Love and Romance at Inspiration Avenue

We've had a lot of that lately, especially with our upcoming
Tags from the Heart tag swap. We can't get it out of our minds!
{Friday (January 25) is the last day to sign up for the swap,
just in case you want to know!}

When I think of romance, I think of that dreamy city, Paris.
When I think of France, and a theme for a piece of art,
I often think of Marie Antoinette.

This is a collage I made for the weekly challenge at IA.

Marie is gliding through the garden at the Petit Trianon
to meet her lover, the Swedish Count Axel Fersen.
It's ungodly early in the morning and the fog and dewy grass
are dampening the hem of her dress. But no matter,
she probably won't wear the outfit again anyway. . .

Why so early? Well, to avoid prying eyes that watch
everything she does. Not that Louis would care much
about her love affair . . . it's her enemies at court who criticize
the smallest thing she does. There are already rumors, but
what would they say if they knew it to be true?

The Petit Trianon
Imagine! Wouldn't you love to have this as your little getaway!

“The Petit Trianon, a three-story neo-Classical ch√Ęteau 
was originally built on the grounds of Versailles in 1762-68 
by Louis XV for his mistress Madame de Pompadour. 
Louis XVI gave it to Marie in June 1774, a few days 
after he became king, when she asked for a hideaway. 
("This pleasure house is yours," he told her.)” [source]

King Louis XVI

Count Axel Fersen
Count Fersen orchestrated the last
desperate attempt at escape for the royal family when
they were imprisoned by the leaders of the French Revolution.
Of course, the disastrous attempt failed and
both Louis and Marie went to the guillotine in 1793,
Louis in January and Marie nine months later in October.

Don't miss the other Love and Romance entries
at Inspiration Avenue!
I'm barely making it in under the wire this week,
so I'm off to add this to Mr. Linky!


10 comments:

  1. Maggie, I'm so glad you made it! What a fascinating post about Marie. I'd love the getaway place but not the rest of Marie's life.

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  2. I forgot to add that your collage is stunning!

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  3. Lovely collage and interesting historical post! Everything french seems so romantic, doesn't it!

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  4. Gorgeous collage Maggie - so beautifully romantic :-) And I like it especially because in March we have a holiday to France and Paris booked :-) It will be our first ever visit to France and the kids first trip abroad so we're all excited!!

    Hugs
    Kat Xx

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  5. Thanks for the visit! Your entry is fabulous; I love all the depth of layers you were able to achieve and the fun little history lesson that goes along with it! Fun!

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  6. Wow so pretty...love the softness. Thanks so much for the visit and your sweet comments, that stencil does rock doesn't it...xox

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  7. I love the art piece and the fascinating historical facts you've presented in this post. Romance is in the air. Blessings!

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  8. Beautiful image AND a history lesson. It's all good.

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  9. That image is so beautiful - so rich in texture and pattern and so gentle. Gorgeous colour.

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