Autumn Leaves

Millais Autumn Leaves

Millais Autumn Leaves

This is it: the  trees on the banks of the Seine are still russet and gold, a last flamboyant display of color before the bareness of winter.

So to illustrate the turn of the season I chose this painting by John Everett Millais, as apt an illustration of autumn as his Blind Girl is of summer.

And I can’t mention autumn leaves without thinking of Edith Piaf’s interpretation of the legendary song of the same name. My blogging software now refuses to embed videos, so you will have to follow this link to YouTube.

Here is an excerpt of Jacques Prévert’s original lyrics, with my own, admittedly inadequate, English translation:

Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s’aiment
Tout doucement, sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable
Les pas des amants désunis.

But life tears lovers asunder
Very softly, without much of a fuss
And the sea erases on the sand
The footsteps of parted loves.

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15 Comments to “Autumn Leaves”

  1. Virginia Macias says:

    How can I get a copy of this beautiful Potrait? We are having a fall dinner banquet and as decorations we have purchase fall pictures. And I fall in love with this one. Please respond ASAP. Our dinner is this month October 22nd. Thanks Virginia

  2. I too love Paris in fall. Usually November and early December make for great airfare deals. Best wishes to you!

  3. Stephanie says:

    We have been in Paris in November twice and April twice–I liked it during both seasons. We are watching the airline prices thinking of a trip this winter! Thanks for the beautiful illustration.

  4. Moncler says:

    Nice post , Ceci est ma troisième visite à ce blog! , I ont été à la recherche de ces informations !

  5. Not only is it OK, but I thank you for the link! Isn’t this a beautiful evocation of the season?

  6. Gillena Cox says:

    my first visit
    shared this adorable image at my blog with a reference hyperlink

    hope its ok

  7. Catherine Delors says:

    Thanks for your lovely note, Agneta, and please come back!

  8. agneta says:

    I’ve just found your blog. It is a true gem in the cyber world. I leave a small Swedish footprints behind me. I will be back!

    Greetings from Sweden & Agneta

  9. Catherine Delors says:

    Richard, Felio – I am so glad you like the painting, the song, and the association of the two. Thanks for the Verlaine poem, Richard. It is beautiful in its simplicity.

  10. Felio Vasa says:

    What a lovely painting. The colors are so rich. And those beautiful Jacques Prevert’s lyrics.
    Thanks for posting this.

  11. Richard says:

    I don’t know which I enjoyed most, the painting or the melody. The French evoke a certain enevitablity of the surrender of the nap of Autumn, here is Verlaine’s Chanson d’Automne. (1867)

    Les saglots longs
    Des violons
    De l’automne
    Blessent mon couer
    D’une langeur

    Tout suffocant
    Et blême, quand
    Sonne l’heure,
    Je me souviens
    Des jours anciens
    Et je pleure

    Et je m’e vais
    Au vent mauvais
    Qui m’emporte
    Deçà, delà,
    Pareil à la
    Feuille morte.

  12. Catherine Delors says:

    Well, Tristan, I have never seen New England’s Indian summer. One of my favorite seasons in Paris is winter, when the whole city, the air, the sky, the roofs… turn white.

  13. Catherine Delors says:

    I think, Penny, this is very appropriate for fall. Then you can replace it with another one come spring…

  14. Penny says:

    Lovely. now I have another wall decoration. such an embarassment of riches. thank you. I love this painting. I think I have so many choices of places, I don’t know if this bedroom, living room, kitchen or dining room.
    thanks for such a delightful decision
    Merci Beaucoup Madame Delors

  15. I’ve never been to France in the autumn. I’m not sure I would like seeing everything bare and colorless. For me, Paris means Spring!

    Piaf is one of my absolute favorites – and her “Autumn Leaves” is so poignant – I adore it.

    Enjoy the fall! We’ve lost most of our leaves now, too. But, in New England, it’s expected! LOL

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