School of Fine Arts


Pablo Picasso with his children Claude and Paloma. Photo by Françoise Gilot

 
 

L’ÉCOLE DES BEAUX-ARTS

“Dans une boîte de paille tressée
Le père choisit une petite boule de papier
Et il la jette
Dans la cuvette
Devant ses enfants intrigués
Surgit alors
Multicolore
La grande fleur japonaise
Le nénuphar instantané
Et les enfants se taisent
Émerveillés
Jamais plus tard dans leur souvenir
Cette fleur ne pourra se faner
Cette fleur subite
Faite pour eux
A la minute
Devant eux.”

Jacques Prévert

 
 

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“From a plaited basket

The father picked a little paper ball

And he threw it

In the bowl

Before his fascinated kids

Then sprang up

Multicolored

The great Japanese flower

Instantaneous water-lily

And the children were hushed

Wonderstruck

Never later in their memory

Could this flower fade

This sudden flower

Made for them

Instantly

Before them”

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