Paris, France – Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris
The Electricity Fairy by Raoul Dufy is a huge mural housed in the former reception hall of Paris’ MAM. It’s the first thing you see as you enter the Musée d’Art Moderne from outside, and after waiting in the ridiculously long line-up, its certainly a nice welcome. Dufy painted the jaw-dropping mural in 1936 for the International Art and Technology Exhibit. The Parisian Electricity Distribution Company commissioned the work to show off the history and importance of electricity and the great minds behind its discovery.
Dufy’s painting is sure to tower over you, and you will feel minuscule in comparison. It’s the kind of art that gives you perspective. What looks like a blob of yellow and orange quickly turns into the Tour Eiffel and patisserie as you edge closer. Turns out, it’s much more detailed than it looks.
In this picture, one of our writers, Sophia Trozzo, takes a moment to stare it in the eye and take it in. Because sometimes, we need to contemplate just how complex even the simplest little thing is, and how tiny we are in a big, big world of colour.
By Sophia Loffreda