FRANCIS BACON PAR CARLOS FREIRE This historic photographer
exhibition in April was held in the historic Rue Jacob at the historic
Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris. It comprised photographs of the
historic and great painter Francis Bacon taken by the historic and
great photographer Carlos Freire. It showed intense black and white
photos of Francis Bacon in his historic, chaotic studio in South
Kensington;also Bacon walking around Soho - London.One of his portraits
is amazing showing Bacon with a semi-black face.
Around me were
the intelligentsia of France: Pierre Rosenberg ex Musee du Louvre, Jean-Lacques Aillagon ex Cultural
Secretary of France, Regis Debray writer, J. B. Pontalis writer,
Irene Fraim writer, Helene et Francois Mace de Lepirray Citte de
And, of course, the Parisian Art Institution; as well as
the legendary muse, model and custodian of the legacy of Aristide
Maillot. DINA VIERNY. She is the founder of the Musee Maillot-Foundation
Dina Vierny. She donated 20 of Maillot sculptures to France on exhibition
at the Jardin des Tuileries.
The most important exhibition in Paris
this spring featured Francis Bacon Le Sacre et le Profane
at the Musee Maillot a huge success. People were queuing
for hours in the street. I am a great admirer of Francis Bacon and
his variation of the portrait of Pope Innocent X, originally by
Dina Vierny completed the celebration of Bacon in Paris
with Francis Bacon par Carlos Freire.
The fabulous dinner with Dina
Vierny left me giggling in disbelief. I underwent a personality
change when I was shown my place at the table and found on my place-name
that I was Vera (with accent) and married to a gentleman called
Pouccet (?). Vera did have a memorable dinner.
The Monsieurs around Vera including the husband for
the evening were all very amusing and even took Vera
back home escorted by their lovely Cavalier dog. Not before Dina Vierny
had commented about Vera colourful scarves and Vera
nearly fainted at receiving such a compliment from her! She also
has one of the most charming, handsome, gorgeous men of France as
a son. Gosh, what a glorious night!