Work in Progress Paris Passy Gate & Some History of Passy

www.kimminiciello.comWork in Progress of Paris Passy Gate, Watercolor on Archival Paper

I have been painting the last few days my commission for the cover art for the Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot.  Since I can’t share any images yet,  I though I would post some work in progress photos of the painting I was working on while the design for the menu was being reviewed.

This piece is inspired by a gate in the neighborhood where I lived in Paris.  I lived in an area near the Trocadéro, where the Eiffel Tower is, called Passy.  This area has historical significance for a number of reasons, and evidence of it’s history are scattered about the area.

It was home to Benjamin Franklin for his nine-year stay during the American Revolutionary War.  He helped maintain French support for the war effort during his time there.  At that time, Passy was a rural village and not really a part of Paris proper.  One can see many tributes to him throughout the 16th arrondissement.  There is a statue near the Trocadéro, a restaurant near where my daughter went to school,  and a street named after him.

Work in Progress of Paris Passy Gate, Watercolor on Archival Paper

Artists, Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot  lived in the area and are buried in the Passy Cemetery. This is also the final resting place of Claude Debussy after being reinterred there from his initial burial at Père Lachaise.  His wife and daughter are buried with him. Balzac also lived and wrote in Passy and his home is a charming, quaint museum.

During the twentieth century, a group of avant guard artists part of the Cubists movement, dubbed themselves the “Artists of Passy”  to form a unit of solidarity. Few among them were painters, Albert Gleizes, Fernand Léger,  and Guillaume Apollinaire.



Exhibition Great Art on Screen: Manet, Portraying Life

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This is a one night event nationwide in certain theaters, on Thursday April 11, 2013.    I am going on Thursday, Cinemark Festival Bay, Orlando.   It is an exhibition on screen of the exhibit, “Manet, Portraying Life at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.  I can’t wait to see how this is done on a movie screen!  For information go to, plug in your zip code and click on a theatre near you where you can buy tickets and see the trailer.  They will be doing a one night event in this series on Munch in June, and Vermeer in October.

Manet is one of my favorite French painters.  Many think he was one of the Impressionist but he never classified himself as such even though he was painting during the same time period.  Their were 8 Impressionist exhibits between the years of 1874 and 1886 and he did not exhibit in any of them.  His student and protege Berthe Morisot was in a few and was only one of three women to exhibit with the French Impressionists, along with American, Mary Cassatt and Marie Bracquemond.

If you go see this, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought!