L’univers de Tintin en sculptures de glace à Québec

Tintin, c’est tout un monde! Il a bercé et berce encore l’enfance de plusieurs d’entre nous. Le Musée de la civilisation de Québec a tenu, en 2017, une exposition courue intitulée Hergé à Québec.

Pour faire durer le plaisir des amateurs de Tintin, à l’hiver 2018, une collaboration entre le Carnaval de Québec, le Musée de la civilisation de Québec, divers commanditaires de la Ville ainsi que des commerçants du quartier Petit-Champlain et de Place-Royale a permis la réalisation de sculptures de glace devant plusieurs commerces.

Des artistes ont donc érigé des sculptures de glace représentant Tintin et ses amis (parmi lesquels Milou, le capitaine Haddock, les Dupond et Dupont, le professeur Tournesol, la Castafiore, Nestor) ainsi que différents éléments du décor des bandes dessinées (le château de Moulinsart, un beau divan, etc.). Ces véritables œuvres d’art ont été installées devant certains des commerces du quartier Petit-Champlain et de Place-Royale, pour le plus grand plaisir des gens qui visitaient ces lieux.

Comme bien d’autres, j’ai accouru pour faire de la photo, car l’occasion était trop belle et les sculptures formidablement bien réalisées. Je ne connais malheureusement pas le nom des sculptrices ou des sculpteurs qui les ont fabriquées, alors que celles et ceux qui se reconnaîtraient soient ici salués bien bas, car il s’agit de virtuoses, rien de moins.

Ci-dessous, je vous présente certaines des photos que j’ai faites du monde de Tintin à cette occasion. À mesure que j’en monterai d’autres sur ma page Dominique Fortier à Fine Art America, je viendrai grossir celle-ci de mes ajouts. Chacune de ces œuvres possède un titre (situé à l’endos de la carte de vœux) en français et un titre en anglais. Je présente ici seulement les titres en français. Pour les titres des cartes en anglais, visiter la collection/section English Greeting Card Title. Pour documenter mes images, j’ai consulté le site officiel de Tintin qui foisonne de renseignements.

(Ajoutés le 4 mai 2018)

Tintin et son univers - Nestor 2, Artist Dominique Fortier Medium Mixed Media - Photograph, Photography, Photographic/digital Art, Digital Enhancement Description The English version of the greeting card is entitled "Tintin/Friends/Decor - Nestor 2". In the series "Tintin/Friends/Decor // Tintin et son univers". Nestor ice sculpture has been shot "in situ", in the touristic Petit-Champlain area [in the Lower part of the city near the St. Lawrence River] during the 2018 Québec Winter carnival. The sculpture was located in front of the Bistro Sous Le Fort, a little café. The textured background is a photo detail of an ice sculpture. The bottles of Loch Lomond (captain Haddock's prefered whisky) and Bordeaux (Hergé's prefered red wine) stand on the ice tray, the butler being in service. Nestor is the "major d’homme" (majordome) [Butler], the ever-faithful servant of Captain Haddock, "Lord" of "Moulinsart" [Marlinspike Hall]. He is a secondary, but essential character. He cumulates a number of qualities: competence, loyalty, selflessness, resourcefulness, mental agility and a knack for getting their employers out of sticky situations, etc. He will be the one in charge of providing Captain Haddock, a "heavy drinker", with three star cognac (high quality brandy distilled in the Cognac region in Western France), or the whisky Loch Lomond. He gets on stage in "Le secret de La licorne [The Secret of the Unicorn]". Three cheers for Nestor! The heroic butler, in the famous scene in "Les 7 boules de cristal [The Seven Crystal Balls]" (page 4), deftly saves the Captain's whisky (Loch Lomond) before being haplessly overturned by Milou [Snowy] chasing a cat! (main source of text: http://en.tintin.com) THE FINE ART AMERICA WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON ANY PURCHASED PRODUCT. Dominique Fortier has created this artwork suitable for Greeting Cards and Prints up to 27.875" x 36.000". Buy your iPhone or Galaxy case as well as chic bar T-SHIRTS or classy restaurant SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS with this art at: http://dominique-fortier.pixels.com/ Copyright Dominique Fortier, 2018. All rights reserved. nestor, butler, ever-faithful servant of captain haddock, chief manservant of marlinspike hall, moulinsart, herge, les aventures de tintin, the adventures of tintin, tintin, herge comic album character, tintin character, male character in comics, season, winter, ice sculpture, translucent, ice, 2018 quebec winter carnival, restaurant, service, classy, stylish, high-class, superior, chic, elegant, sophisticated, upscale, high-toned, posh, ritzy, plush, swanky, on the rocks, majordome, quebec city, canada, photograph, photography, photographic/digital art, digital enhancement
Tintin et son univers – Nestor 2

Tintin et son univers - La Castafiore 2, artiste Dominique Fortier, Mixed Media - Photograph - Photography - Photographic/digital Art - Digital Enhancement, Description : The English version of the greeting card is entitled "Tintin/Friends/Decor - Bianca Castafiore 2". In the series "Tintin/Friends/Decor // Tintin et son univers". The ice sculpture photo has been shot "in situ", in the touristic Petit-Champlain area [in the Lower part of the city near the St. Lawrence River] during the 2018 Québec Winter carnival. Blue digital enhancement on the background. Bianca Castafiore, "le Rossignol milanais" [the "Milanese Nightingale], is a fictional character in "Les aventures de Tintin" [The Adventures of Tintin], the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. She is an opera singer whose demeanor comically aggravates Captain Haddock's ["capitaine Haddock"] stereotyped sea-captain misogyny as she pops up in adventure after adventure. Castafiore is comically portrayed as narcissistic, whimsical, absent-minded, and talkative, and seems unaware that her voice is shrill and appallingly loud. She is also wealthy, generous and essentially amiable, and has a will of iron. Her forename Bianca means "blanche" [white] (feminine) in Italian, and her surname Castafiore is Italian for "chaste-fleur" [chaste flower]". (main source of the text: http://en.tintin.com/personnages/show/id/18/page/0/0/bianca-castafiore) Name: Bianca Castafiore, also known as "le Rossignol milanais" ["the Milanese Nightingale"] because of her association with La Scala opera house in Milan. Age: According to Hergé she is 45 years old. Family: Although the press has often reported her engagement to various men, "the Milanese nightingale" has no real family, as far as we know. She travels with her faithful companion, Irma, and her accompanist, Igor Wagner. The creation of Bianca: As in his approach with Tintin and Haddock, Hergé brings together several ingredients to form the character of Castafiore. First of all he had an aunt, Ninie, who during his childhood would regale the Remi household with her loud and shrill singing to piano accompaniment. Her performances did nothing to foster a love for music, let alone for opera, in the young Georges Remi to match his early enthusiasm for drawing and later love of the visual arts. In fact, it probably contributed to his inability to discover any appeal in opera, a form of artistic expression that he found rather ridiculous and beyond credibility. "Opera bores me, to my great shame. What's more, it makes me laugh," Hergé admitted. And so, perhaps not surprisingly, he created an archetypical singer who makes us laugh. From this stereotype, which Tintin and his readers first encounter in "Le sceptre d’Ottokar [King Ottokar's Sceptre]", Hergé refines and develops the character of Castafiore as he deploys her in subsequent adventures. La Callas, un modèle: It was in the 1950s when the newspapers and magazines such as Paris-Match, a favourite source of material, were full of the sensational opera career and private life of Maria Callas that Hergé found his real model for Castafiore. The 1950s were Callas's golden years when she was winning worldwide acclaim for her legendary performances in Milan, New York, Chicago, London and Paris. A celebrated aria: Bianca's calling card aria - sung throughout the adventures - was typically an inspired choice by Hergé: the "Jewel Song" from Charles Gounod's grand opera "Faust", florid, dramatic, demanding the greatest virtuosity, it describes the moment in Goethe's tragedy when the young Marguerite finds the casket of jewels left by Mephistopheles, tries them on and, regarding her reflection in a mirror, is dazzled by what she sees. The music breaks into waltz time as she declaims: "Ah, my beauty past compare: these jewels bright I wear! Was I ever Margarita?" ["Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir. Est-ce toi, Marguerite, est-ce toi?"] In May 1963, the year of publication of "Les bijoux de la Castafiore [The Castafiore Emerald]", Callas recorded Gounod's jewel aria in the Salle Wagram in Paris, with the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, under Georges Prêtre. Real life was again echoing Hergé's world. A passion for jewels: While singing about jewels, like Maria Callas she has an obsession with them. The famous emerald central to the plot in "The Castafiore Emerald" is matched by any emeralds possessed by Callas, who was a passionate and discerning collector of fine jewellery. In fact, it bears a remarkable resemblance to a claw-set emerald (weighing 37.56 carats) and diamond ring auctioned by Sotheby's in Geneva in November 2004 - 27 years after the diva's death. Regarding Castafiore's emerald, we learn from her - between sobs - that it was a gift from the Maharajah of Gopal. Evolution of the character: Meanwhile from being the rather matronly and frumpy dramatic soprano first encountered in 1938-39, Castafiore becomes - à la Callas - super elegant and fashionable. She is rejuvenated and is certainly more attractive in "Tintin et les Picaros [Tintin and the Picaros]", than 38 years earlier at her initial meeting with "Tintin en Syldavie [Tintin in Syldavia]." Such is the transformation that one should not be totally surprised by Professor Calculus's ["professeur Tournesol"] apparent infatuation with the diva in "Les bijoux de la Castafiore [The Castafiore Emerald]." (main sources of the text: http://en.tintin.com/personnages/show/id/18/page/0/0/bianca-castafiore; https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Aventures_de_Tintin) THE FINE ART AMERICA WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON ANY PURCHASED PRODUCT. Dominique Fortier has created this artwork suitable for square prints up to 35.250" x 48.000". Buy your iPhone or Galaxy case as well as T-SHIRTS and/or other apparels with this art at: http://dominique-fortier.pixels.com/ Copyright Dominique Fortier, 2018. All rights reserved. Featured on the following FAA groups homepage: 1- "Images That Excite You" (04/23/2018) 2- "The Earth Is Art" (04/23/2018) Thanks to the group hosts for their encouragement and support. La Castafiore, surnom = Le Rossignol milanais, Bianca Castafiore, surname = the Milanese Nightingale, opera singer, herge, les aventures de tintin, the adventures of tintin, belgium, tintin, herge comic album character, tintin character, comics character introduced in 1939, fictional singer, fictional italian people, female character in comics, season, winter, ice sculpture, translucent, ice, christmas tree, xmas, bauble, balls, decorations, 2018 quebec winter carnival, quebec city, canada, photography, photograph, photographic/digital art, digital enhancement, photographie, tous droits réservés, 2018, Featured on the following FAA groups homepage: 1- "Your Story of Art" (04/23/2018) 2- "Arts Fantastic World" (04/25/2018) 3- "Lady Photographers and Artists" (04/27/2018)
Tintin et son univers – La Castafiore 2

(En ligne le 17 avril 2018)

The English version of the greeting card is entitled "Tintin/Friends/Decor - Tintin Riding a Motorcycle 1". In the series "Tintin/Friends/Decor // Tintin et son univers". This ice sculpture photo has been shot at Place-Royale [in the Lower part of the city near the St. Lawrence River] during the 2018 Quebec Winter carnival, in front of windows reflecting the old houses [17e-18e Century] of the site. Tintin is riding a motorcycle in the album "Les aventures de Tintin - Le sceptre d’Ottokar [The Adventures of Tintin: King Ottokar's Sceptre]". THE FINE ART AMERICA WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON ANY PURCHASED PRODUCT. Dominique Fortier has created this artwork suitable for Greeting Cards and Prints up to 48.000" x 36.000". Buy your iPhone or Galaxy case as well as T-SHIRTS and/or other apparels with this art at: http://dominique-fortier.pixels.com/ Copyright Dominique Fortier, 2018. All rights reserved. Featured on the Homepage of: 1- "Images That Excite You" (03/05/2018) 2- "Mannequin Statue Doll Sculpture Gallery" (03/09/2018) Thanks to the group hosts for their encouragement and support. belgium, tintin, herge, comic album hero, season, winter, ice, ice sculpture, transport, transportation, motorcycle, moto, communication, connect, carnival sculpture, 17e-18e century old houses, windows' reflection, place-royale, 2018 quebec winter carnival, quebec city, canada, photography, photograph The English version of the greeting card is entitled "Tintin/Friends/Decor - Tintin Riding a Motorcycle 1". Featured on the Homepage of: 1- "The Colour Blue" (02/20/2018) 2- "Lady Photographers and Artists" (02/23/2018) 3- "Snow-Ice-Frost Including Mountain Tops" (02/27/2018) 4- "ABC Group - B IS FOR BLUE theme" (03/01/2018) 5- "Collectors Gallery" (03/05/2018) 6- "New FAA Uploads" (03/17/2018). photo par Dominique Fortier, Québec
Tintin et son univers – Tintin sur une moto 1

mixed media, Photograph -photography - Photographic/digital Art, photo par Dominique Fortier, The English version of the greeting card is entitled "Tintin/Friends/Decor - Tintin Riding a Motorcycle 2". In the series "Tintin/Friends/Decor // Tintin et son univers". Digital work based on the original photo entitled "Tintin/Friends/Decor - Tintin sur une moto 1". The ice sculpture photo has been shot in the touristic area Place-Royale [in the Lower part of the city near the St. Lawrence River] during the 2018 Québec Winter carnival. Tintin is riding a motorcycle in the album "Les aventures de Tintin - Le sceptre d’Ottokar [The Adventures of Tintin: King Ottokar's Sceptre]". THE FINE ART AMERICA WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON ANY PURCHASED PRODUCT. Dominique Fortier has created this artwork suitable for Greeting Cards and Prints up to 48.000" x 36.000". Buy your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy case as well as TOTE BAGS and/or other apparels with this art at: http://dominique-fortier.pixels.com/ Copyright Dominique Fortier, 2018. All rights reserved. Featured on the Homepage of: 1- "Wisconsin Flowers and Scenery" (02/23/2018) 2- "Lady Photographers and Artists" (02/23/2018) 3- "Arts Fantastic World" (02/24/2018) Thanks to the group hosts for their encouragement and support. belgium, tintin, herge, comic album hero, season, winter, ice, ice sculpture, transport, transportation, motorcycle, moto, communication, connect, carnival sculpture, 2018 quebec winter carnival, quebec city, canada, mixed media, photograph, photographic/digital art, art for sale, buy art, The French version of the greeting card is entitled "Tintin et son univers - Tintin sur une moto 2". 1- "Your Story of Art" (02/22/2018) 2- "H D R Photography" (02/22/2018) 3- "Lady Photographers and Artists" (02/23/2018) 4- "Images That Excite You" (03/01/2018) 5- "ABC Group - B IS FOR BLUE" (03/07/2018) 6- "New FAA Uploads" (03/17/2018) 7- "No Place Like Home" (03/18/2018) 8- "Out of the Ordinary 1 a Day" (03/19/2018); 9- "Mannequin Statue Doll Sculpture Gallery" (04/20/2018) ; Featured on the Homepage of: 1- "Wisconsin Flowers and Scenery" (02/23/2018) 2- "Lady Photographers and Artists" (02/23/2018) 3- "Arts Fantastic World" (02/24/2018);
Tintin et son univers – Tintin sur une moto 2

Tintin et son univers - Moulinsart 1, The English version of the work is entitled "Tintin/Friends/Decor - Marlinspike Hall 1". In the series "Tintin/Friends/Decor // Tintin et son univers". This ice sculpture photo has been shot "in situ", in the touristic Petit-Champlain area [in the Lower part of the city near the St. Lawrence River] during the 2018 Québec Winter carnival. The representation of the "château de Moulinsart" [Marlinspike Hall] comes from the "château de Cheverny", that was used as a model for Marlinspike Hall. The central tower and two inner wings are identical while the two outermost wings were not used. Marlinspike Hall is Captain Haddock's country house and family estate in "The Adventures of Tintin", the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. The original French name of the hall (le château de Moulinsart) is derived from Sart-Moulin, a village near Braine-l'Alleud in Walloon Brabant, Belgium. In an allusion to the Haddock family's maritime history, the hall's English name refers to the marlinspike, a tool used in seamanship to splice ropes. The Belgian corporation managing Hergé's work (principally Tintin) is also called Moulinsart. Marlinspike Hall first appears in "Les aventures de Tintin - Le secret de La Licorne [The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn]" as the home of the story's villains, the "frères Loiseau [Bird brothers]". By the end of the sequel "Le trésor de Rackham le Rouge [Red Rackham's Treasure]", the manor is found to have been built by Haddock's illustrious ancestor, "le chevalier de Hadoque [Sir Francis Haddock]". It is purchased by "le professeur Tournesol [Professor Calculus]" on behalf of the Captain, and the fabled treasure itself is found hidden in the manor's old chapel, in the cellars. In the following years, Marlinspike provides a home base for Tintin and Haddock in between their various adventures. In "Les bijoux de la Castafiore [The Castafiore Emerald]", virtually all of the action takes place in the Hall, its grounds, or the surrounding countryside. (main sources of the text: http://fr.tintin.com; http://en.tintin.com/; https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Aventures_de_Tintin) THE FINE ART AMERICA WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON ANY PURCHASED PRODUCT. Dominique Fortier has created this artwork suitable for Prints up to 43.250" x 48.000". Buy your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy case as well as other apparels with this art at: http://dominique-fortier.pixels.com/ Copyright Dominique Fortier, 2018. All rights reserved. Featured on the Homepage of: 1- "Macro Marvels" (02/21/2018) 2- "What Interrobang 1 a Day" (02/22/2018) Thanks to the group hosts for their encouragement and support. moulinsart, marlinspike hall, belgium, tintin, herge, season, winter, 2018 quebec winter carnival, ice sculpture, translucent, semitransparent, carnival sculpture, ice, quebec city, canada, les aventures de tintin, the adventures of tintin, herge comic album decor, place, architecture, building, castle, photography, photograph, 1- "Arts Fantastic World" (02/20/2018) 2- "FAA Gallery Home for All Artists Who Create" (02/25/2018) 3- "Images That Excite You" (02/27/2018) 4- "Pin Me - Daily" (02/27/2018) 5- "No Place Like Home" (03/05/2018), photographie par Dominique Fortier
Tintin et son univers – Moulinsart 1

Tintin et son univers - Moulinsart 2, Artist Dominique Fortier Medium Mixed Media - Photography - Photograph - Photographic/digital Art Description The English version of the greeting card is entitled "Tintin/Friends/Decor - Marlinspike Hall 2". In the series "Tintin/Friends/Decor // Tintin et son univers". This ice sculpture photo has been shot "in situ", in the touristic Petit-Champlain area [in the Lower part of the city near the St. Lawrence River] during the 2018 Québec Winter carnival. The iced background is the artwork entitled "Aspiration" published earlier. The representation of the "château de Moulinsart" [Marlinspike Hall] comes from the "château de Cheverny", that was used as a model for Marlinspike Hall. The central tower and two inner wings are identical while the two outermost wings were not used. Marlinspike Hall is Captain Haddock's country house and family estate in "The Adventures of Tintin", the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. The original French name of the hall (le château de Moulinsart) is derived from Sart-Moulin, a village near Braine-l'Alleud in Walloon Brabant, Belgium. In an allusion to the Haddock family's maritime history, the hall's English name refers to the marlinspike, a tool used in seamanship to splice ropes. The Belgian corporation managing Hergé's work (principally Tintin) is also called Moulinsart. Marlinspike Hall first appears in "Les aventures de Tintin - Le secret de La Licorne [The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn]" as the home of the story's villains, the "frères Loiseau [Bird brothers]". By the end of the sequel "Le trésor de Rackham le Rouge [Red Rackham's Treasure]", the manor is found to have been built by Haddock's illustrious ancestor, "le chevalier de Hadoque [Sir Francis Haddock]". It is purchased by "le professeur Tournesol [Professor Calculus]" on behalf of the Captain, and the fabled treasure itself is found hidden in the manor's old chapel, in the cellars. In the following years, Marlinspike provides a home base for Tintin and Haddock in between their various adventures. In "Les bijoux de la Castafiore [The Castafiore Emerald]", virtually all of the action takes place in the Hall, its grounds, or the surrounding countryside. (main sources of the text: http://fr.tintin.com; http://en.tintin.com/; https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Aventures_de_Tintin) THE FINE ART AMERICA WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON ANY PURCHASED PRODUCT. Dominique Fortier has created this artwork suitable for Prints up to 35.250" x 48.000". Buy your iPhone or Galaxy case as well as T-SHIRTS and/or other apparels with this art at: http://dominique-fortier.pixels.com/ Copyright Dominique Fortier, 2018. All rights reserved. Featured on the following FAA groups homepage: 1- "Images That Excite You" (04/02/2018) 2- "Beauty in Art" (04/02/2018) Thanks to the group hosts for their encouragement and support. moulinsart, marlinspike hall, belgium, tintin, herge, season, winter, 2018 quebec winter carnival, ice sculpture, translucent, semitransparent, carnival sculpture, ice, quebec city, canada, les aventures de tintin, the adventures of tintin, herge comic album decor, place, architecture, building, castle, photography, photograph, photographic/digital art, 1- "FAA Gallery Home for All Artists Who Create" (04/02/2018) 2- "Arts Fantastic World" (04/04/2018) 3- "Mannequin Statue Doll Sculpture Gallery" (04/06/2018), photographie par Dominique Fortier, artiste
Tintin et son univers – Moulinsart 2

Tintin et son univers - La Castafiore 1, Artist Dominique Fortier Medium Photograph - Photography Description The English version of the greeting card is entitled "Tintin/Friends/Decor - Bianca Castafiore 1". In the series "Tintin/Friends/Decor // Tintin et son univers". The ice sculpture photo has been shot "in situ", in the touristic Petit-Champlain area [in the Lower part of the city near the St. Lawrence River] during the 2018 Québec Winter carnival. Bianca Castafiore, "le Rossignol milanais" [the "Milanese Nightingale], is a fictional character in "Les aventures de Tintin" [The Adventures of Tintin], the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. She is an opera singer whose demeanor comically aggravates Captain Haddock's ["capitaine Haddock"] stereotyped sea-captain misogyny as she pops up in adventure after adventure. Castafiore is comically portrayed as narcissistic, whimsical, absent-minded, and talkative, and seems unaware that her voice is shrill and appallingly loud. She is also wealthy, generous and essentially amiable, and has a will of iron. Her forename Bianca means "blanche" [white] (feminine) in Italian, and her surname Castafiore is Italian for "chaste-fleur" [chaste flower]". (main source of the text: http://en.tintin.com/personnages/show/id/18/page/0/0/bianca-castafiore) Name: Bianca Castafiore, also known as "le Rossignol milanais" ["the Milanese Nightingale"] because of her association with La Scala opera house in Milan. Age: According to Hergé she is 45 years old. Family: Although the press has often reported her engagement to various men, "the Milanese nightingale" has no real family, as far as we know. She travels with her faithful companion, Irma, and her accompanist, Igor Wagner. The creation of Bianca: As in his approach with Tintin and Haddock, Hergé brings together several ingredients to form the character of Castafiore. First of all he had an aunt, Ninie, who during his childhood would regale the Remi household with her loud and shrill singing to piano accompaniment. Her performances did nothing to foster a love for music, let alone for opera, in the young Georges Remi to match his early enthusiasm for drawing and later love of the visual arts. In fact, it probably contributed to his inability to discover any appeal in opera, a form of artistic expression that he found rather ridiculous and beyond credibility. "Opera bores me, to my great shame. What's more, it makes me laugh," Hergé admitted. And so, perhaps not surprisingly, he created an archetypical singer who makes us laugh. From this stereotype, which Tintin and his readers first encounter in "Le sceptre d’Ottokar [King Ottokar's Sceptre]", Hergé refines and develops the character of Castafiore as he deploys her in subsequent adventures. La Callas, un modèle: It was in the 1950s when the newspapers and magazines such as Paris-Match, a favourite source of material, were full of the sensational opera career and private life of Maria Callas that Hergé found his real model for Castafiore. The 1950s were Callas's golden years when she was winning worldwide acclaim for her legendary performances in Milan, New York, Chicago, London and Paris. A celebrated aria: Bianca's calling card aria - sung throughout the adventures - was typically an inspired choice by Hergé: the "Jewel Song" from Charles Gounod's grand opera "Faust", florid, dramatic, demanding the greatest virtuosity, it describes the moment in Goethe's tragedy when the young Marguerite finds the casket of jewels left by Mephistopheles, tries them on and, regarding her reflection in a mirror, is dazzled by what she sees. The music breaks into waltz time as she declaims: "Ah, my beauty past compare: these jewels bright I wear! Was I ever Margarita?" ["Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir. Est-ce toi, Marguerite, est-ce toi?"] In May 1963, the year of publication of "Les bijoux de la Castafiore [The Castafiore Emerald]", Callas recorded Gounod's jewel aria in the Salle Wagram in Paris, with the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, under Georges Prêtre. Real life was again echoing Hergé's world. A passion for jewels: While singing about jewels, like Maria Callas she has an obsession with them. The famous emerald central to the plot in "The Castafiore Emerald" is matched by any emeralds possessed by Callas, who was a passionate and discerning collector of fine jewellery. In fact, it bears a remarkable resemblance to a claw-set emerald (weighing 37.56 carats) and diamond ring auctioned by Sotheby's in Geneva in November 2004 - 27 years after the diva's death. Regarding Castafiore's emerald, we learn from her - between sobs - that it was a gift from the Maharajah of Gopal. Evolution of the character: Meanwhile from being the rather matronly and frumpy dramatic soprano first encountered in 1938-39, Castafiore becomes - à la Callas - super elegant and fashionable. She is rejuvenated and is certainly more attractive in "Tintin et les Picaros [Tintin and the Picaros]", than 38 years earlier at her initial meeting with "Tintin en Syldavie [Tintin in Syldavia]." Such is the transformation that one should not be totally surprised by Professor Calculus's ["professeur Tournesol"] apparent infatuation with the diva in "Les bijoux de la Castafiore [The Castafiore Emerald]." (main sources of the text: http://en.tintin.com/personnages/show/id/18/page/0/0/bianca-castafiore; https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Aventures_de_Tintin) THE FINE ART AMERICA WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON ANY PURCHASED PRODUCT. Dominique Fortier has created this artwork suitable for square prints up to 35.375" x 36.000". Buy your iPhone or Galaxy case as well as T-SHIRTS and/or other apparels with this art at: http://dominique-fortier.pixels.com/ Copyright Dominique Fortier, 2018. All rights reserved. Featured on the following FAA groups homepage: 1- "The Earth Is Art" (04/11/2018) 2- "Images That Excite You" (04/10/2018) Thanks to the group hosts for their encouragement and support. La Castafiore, surnom = Le Rossignol milanais, Bianca Castafiore, surname = the Milanese Nightingale, opera singer, herge, les aventures de tintin, the adventures of tintin, belgium, tintin, herge comic album character, tintin character, comics character introduced in 1939, fictional singer, fictional italian people, female character in comics, season, winter, ice sculpture, translucent, semitransparent, carnival sculpture, ice, 2018 quebec winter carnival, quebec city, canada, photography, photograph, photographie par Dominique Fortier
Tintin et son univers – La Castafiore 1

Tintin et son univers – Nestor 1, Artist Dominique Fortier Medium Photograph - Photography Description The French version of the greeting card is entitled "Tintin et son univers – Nestor 1". In the series "Tintin/Friends/Decor // Tintin et son univers". The ice sculpture photo has been shot "in situ", in the touristic Petit-Champlain area [in the Lower part of the city near the St. Lawrence River] during the 2018 Québec Winter carnival. Here, the sculpture is located in front of the Bistro Sous Le Fort, a little café. Nestor is the "major d’homme" [Butler], the ever-faithful servant of Captain Haddock, "Lord" of "Moulinsart" [Marlinspike Hall]. He is a secondary, but essential character. He cumulates a number of qualities: competence, loyalty, selflessness, resourcefulness, mental agility and a knack for getting their employers out of sticky situations, etc. He will be the one in charge of providing Captain Haddock, a "heavy drinker", with three star cognac (high quality brandy distilled in the Cognac region in Western France), or the whisky Loch Lomond. He gets on stage in "Le secret de La licorne [The Secret of the Unicorn]". (main source of the text: http://fr.tintin.com/personnages/persos/id/MP#nestor) THE FINE ART AMERICA WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON ANY PURCHASED PRODUCT. Dominique Fortier has created this artwork suitable for Greeting Cards and Prints up to 36.000" x 27.625". Buy your iPhone or Galaxy case as well as T-SHIRTS and/or other apparels with this art at: http://dominique-fortier.pixels.com/ Copyright Dominique Fortier, 2018. All rights reserved. nestor, butler, ever-faithful servant of Captain Haddock, chief manservant of marlinspike hall, herge, les aventures de tintin, the adventures of tintin, belgium, tintin, herge comic album character, tintin character, male character in comics, season, winter, ice sculpture, sculpture, translucent, semitransparent, carnival sculpture, ice, 2018 quebec winter carnival, quebec city, canada, photography, photograph, photographie par Dominique Fortier, artiste
Tintin et son univers – Nestor 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La roue qui tourne… dans le beurre

Art Prints

Dominique Fortier
Engrenage de glace / Iced Gear
Photographie
Québec

C’est une journée de même : tempête de neige. On ne voit ni ciel ni terre à Québec. La neige recouvre la glace qui s’est formée sur la chaussée. C’est l’heure de pointe et tout le monde shire ou spinne ou patine ou fait du sur place, c’est selon, tout en sacrant, ben évidemment! comme dirait Victor-Lévy. Je les entends d’ici. L’enfer blanc, quoi, pour les personnes qui doivent sortir. Vision idyllique, quoi, pour celles qui regardent ça pelotonnées dans leur fauteuil, à travers leurs grandes fenêtres donnant sur le balcon (alias la baie window = aaaonnn le bel anglicisme que voici [= bay window in English, madame]) ou leur porte-fenêtre (alias la porte patio = aaaonnn le bel anglicisme que voilà [= patio door in English, monsieur]).

Note : La photo a été prise sur une sculpture de glace à l’extérieur d’un bar sur la rue Grande Allée, à Québec.