Many streets in Paris, especially the narrower ones, are equipped with poles. This is a way to protect pedestrians and to avoid wild car parking. More and more of them are painted in a colourful way. A street artist, known as CyKlop, is especially known for this. When you see an eye on top of each pole he has painted, the relation to the ancient mythological cyclops is evident.
Here we can see CyKlop in operation.
CyKlop has rather recently painted a number of poles in a small Montmartre street, Rue Piémontési. It’s a tribute to artists who have lived and worked in the area.
Each pole refers to a specific painting. Here are a few. Maybe you can find some others?
I would like to make some special comments with regard to the Modigliani one: A painting of the same series from 1917 was a couple of days ago sold to a Chinese taxi driver turned billionaire for $170m, the second highest price ever paid for a painting. It seems that he has the intention to exhibit the painting in one of his (two !!) museums in Shanghai. At least it will be possible to see it. However, the highest rated pieces of art are today often just bought as capitalistic investments, kept hidden, in a vault in a bonded warehouse in Geneva, Dubai, Shanghai… awaiting sale for a higher value, tax-free. Also, a number of new museums are created and they all need a “Joconde” to attract the public. All this creates incredible prices for some pieces when artworks by other, living or dead, artists have difficulties to be sold at decent prices.
This may again remind us that Modiglaini had one single exhibition in his lifetime, in 1917. It was organised by the remarkable gallerist Berthe Weill. (I wrote about her here.) It seems that it lasted only for a few hours - police intervened because of the nudity - and obviously nothing was sold. The $170m painting, from 1917, was probably part of the exhibition. A year later Modigliani tried to sell all he had for $100, but found no buyer. He died in 1920, at the age of 35.