Thursday, November 20, 2008


La Frileuse by Jean-Antoine Houdon
dated 1787
It may not be Winter yet on the calendar, but it is here !
We start hearing about flurries... snow... wind chill factor..
All that "beautiful" Winter Vocabulary...
"La Frileuse", in French, means a woman susceptible to the cold...
and this bronze statue from the Metropolitan Museum
expresses perfectly what I am feeling..

Le calendrier n'indique peut etre pas encore l'hiver, mais il est arrivé!
On commence a nous parler avec ce charmant vocabulaire hivernal:
Ce bronze d'Houdon qui est au Metropolitan Museum
exprime parfaitement ce que je ressens....


Chuck Pefley November 20, 2008 at 12:25 AM  

Amazing! Your title for this post is exactly what first went through my mind ... before I looked at the title. Stay warm :)

Olivier November 20, 2008 at 12:32 AM  

elle est belle cette statue. Si je comprends bien, il va falloir que je vienne avec des tonnes de vêtements chauds et imperméables...Mais comme NYC m'aime, il y aura de la neige mais il fera beau ;o)).

Nazzareno November 20, 2008 at 1:29 AM  

...pauvre, et je le crois qu'il a froid, toute nue ainsi!

Tash November 20, 2008 at 1:34 AM  

Beautiful again! The piece looks much more modern. Hope you'll bundle up & have hot drinks to keep the chill away.

magiceye November 20, 2008 at 1:35 AM  


Catherine November 20, 2008 at 1:52 AM  

Très réaliste. Frémissant.
Parfait pour Thanksgiving.

Marguerite-marie November 20, 2008 at 3:06 AM  

très belle statue... mais si je peux te donner un conseil ce n'est pas sérieux de sortir dans NY par grand froid aussi court vêtue.

claude November 20, 2008 at 3:19 AM  

Ici aussi il annonce la venue du froid. Donc je vais avoir froid et je n'aime pas ça. Je me couvrirai nettement plus que cette belle statue, car je fais partie des culs gelés, et le bout du nez, et les pieds, enfin tout ! Vivement l'été !!!

Daniel November 20, 2008 at 3:19 AM  

Magnifique statue....elle me donne des frisons.!!!!!
Si tu pouvais nous faire une photo en pied.... ^_^
Bonne journée.

hpy November 20, 2008 at 4:10 AM  

CHez nous il fait plutôt doux, mais n'empêche, la statue est très parlante. Je me demande seulement pourquoi la fille/femme est à poil. Ne peut-elle pas s'habiller si elle a froid?
(Bon, d'accord, je me tais...)

Anonymous November 20, 2008 at 4:49 AM  

Perfectly depicts the cold and the sort of what will today bring in regards to the economy. No escaping either. Great statue and picture.

Bergson November 20, 2008 at 6:53 AM  

Tu devrais te couvrir plutôt que de te plaindre !!

Tanya Breese November 20, 2008 at 9:26 AM  

I love this statue! Yes, winter has arrived here as well. We had flurries on Monday and Tuesday but nothing stuck, no snow day, darn! This morning was a bit warmer though, the cars temperature was reading 43 when I drove the boys to school instead of ICE what it's been reading the last couple of days!

Anonymous November 20, 2008 at 10:19 AM  

Don't be unpatient!
Houdon has made another bronze sculpture named:"Summer"

Profile Not Available November 20, 2008 at 10:36 AM  

I am inside with a sweater and cocoa, but this photo makes me shiver! Well done!

Jilly November 20, 2008 at 12:37 PM  

I'd not heard the word Frileuse before. Now I know my name! I got a haircut today and as always, Isabelle, who cuts my hair falls about with laughter and the amount of clothes I wear. I feel the cold. It's the south of France and I'm wearing thermal underwear, a sweater, a waistcoat and coat. Mind you, I also feel the heat...

Your statue is a beauty. thanks for the lesson.

Unknown November 20, 2008 at 2:36 PM  

The sculpture is so beautiful!!! I can almost feel the cold just looking at it. Great shot indeed.

Clueless in Boston November 20, 2008 at 10:44 PM  

Great title for the post. Is there a comparable word for a man who feels the cold?

PJ November 21, 2008 at 12:01 AM  

M-N, I am "La Frileuse", always looking for warmth! I love the word, it's so beautiful, and the statue is astonishing. Can you tell us anything else about her?

Anonymous November 21, 2008 at 5:25 PM  

She even looks cold to the touch! Brrrrrr

Anonymous November 21, 2008 at 9:32 PM  

The"Hiver"(La Frileuse)at MOMA
From Jean-Antoine Houdon(Versailles
The sculpture:1783.
Thin,serious,sensuous figure.
The shaw, on her upper,highlights
the delicate rondeurs of the body.
On her feet is a vase.It is freezing broken.

Please,did you see the "Ete"?

Anonymous November 21, 2008 at 9:37 PM  

Clueless in Boston
A man should be a "frileux"!

PJ November 21, 2008 at 10:43 PM  

Thank you, Eliane. I appreciate it very much.

Anonymous November 22, 2008 at 4:14 AM  

no,no P. J:
Thanks to me!!!Heu! Heu!
Et,thanks to Eliane for the photo!

Marie-Noyale November 22, 2008 at 5:14 AM  

Hello Anonymous,
I've seen your comment from time to time,and you call me Eliane but I am Not ,may be you confuse me with Eliane at
My name is really Marie Noyale, but thank you anyway for your help and your comments.I've not seen "l'ete" could you tell me in which museum I can find it? thank you.

Anonymous November 22, 2008 at 5:46 AM  

Sorry,Marie-Noyale,yes,I often confused
You and Eliane(as I often confused
Nathalie from Avignon and Jilly from Menton!)Sorry,I have to pay attention.
By the way, I said my confused-explanation to P.J because my english is not as exactly as yours.
I now haven't time but I shall soon write about the "Ete".

Virginia November 22, 2008 at 3:13 PM  

Ohhh we were la frileuse today in Paris. Very cold and windy but gorgeous blue sky and white clouds for takning photos of la tour Eiffel! Miss you!

Squirrel November 24, 2008 at 10:04 AM  

Baby it's cold outside / or it was, as today is milder.

still... but the lovely holidays are coming, much feasting and frolic. and i love my old wool coat.

Il y a aussi..There is also...


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