Wednesday, February 28, 2007

On the Street…….Left Bank, Paris


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  1. Anonymous

    February 28, 2007 at 4:18 am

    This “monsieur” is Marc Fumaroli, a french historian, member of the Academie Francaise (and also of the American Academy of Letters and Arts by the way)

    • 123

      November 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm


  2. Anonymous

    February 28, 2007 at 4:35 am

    Is this John Updike? Left bank suits as the location for writers. I like his cap and scarf and complexion.

  3. eric

    February 28, 2007 at 5:06 am

    Cher Sartorialist,

    Great portrait ! I really like the expression of the face and the contrast between the discreet refinement of the ‘cachemire’scarf and the gavroche cap, typical popular french style.

  4. Abigail

    February 28, 2007 at 7:55 am

    Can’t wait to be back in Paris {heading there for a week on Saturday}….these shots have got me right in the mood. Thank you!..they are fabulous…

  5. Mae Zetterling

    February 28, 2007 at 8:04 am

    Those sad eyes make a perfect sight. A perfect sight matches anything.

  6. Eunice

    February 28, 2007 at 8:17 am

    His face looks like there’s a story to be told, which is the first thing I notice about the picture actually. Very strong facial features. Or it could be the very fine jacket and scarf that falls just right.

  7. whyioughtta

    February 28, 2007 at 8:27 am

    A gorgeous photo lit like a Vermeer portrait. Beautiful.

  8. Alice Olive

    February 28, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Love that scarf! So much comes down to the accessories.

  9. Butch

    February 28, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Though the guy might not warrant a second look on the street, once “composed,” his stylishness is evident.

    And here’s an example of a nearly lost art: choosing the right hat for one’s face, head shape and so on….

  10. Se Sentir

    February 28, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Simple, yet majestic! The colour combination is just marvellous to see.

    The scarf is the highlight of the outfit, thank god scarves are back with a force!

  11. savvylondon

    February 28, 2007 at 10:08 am


  12. sandman_gr

    February 28, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Timeless, elegant, gracegul, dignified. Brilliant.

  13. Anonymous

    February 28, 2007 at 10:22 am

    I love the stillness of his face, it’s not the botox variety.

  14. Carolina Lange

    February 28, 2007 at 11:46 am

    He looks fantastic!

  15. vintagent

    February 28, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Scott, that’s a lovely photograph.

  16. Anonymous

    February 28, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    I love this man´s look.The scarf, the rides on his face, his seriousness…

  17. Richard

    February 28, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    I went through a major Franco-film obsession a few years ago. Especially movies from the 1930′s. This picture reminds me of that period.

    If it was B/W, it could be straight out of a Jean Gabin movie.

  18. Anonymous

    February 28, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    What kind of scarf is that?

  19. dbod

    February 28, 2007 at 4:37 pm


  20. Anonymous

    February 28, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    A wonderful photo!

    It is indeed the “immortel” Monsieur Fumaroli – here is a link to a page containing his profile from the Academie Francaise website. The photograph there is from his younger days – he looks very distinguished in his academicien attire.

    • 123

      November 11, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      you’ve got the wrong guy

  21. Anonymous

    February 28, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    He looks like he’s been thru a lot.

  22. Candid Cool

    February 28, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    what a handsome older gentleman. I like the textures of his hat, scarf, and coat

  23. madameshawshank

    February 28, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    meltingly exquisite

  24. Jessica M.

    March 1, 2007 at 3:01 am

    Beautiful photograph.

    The subtle expressions you catch . . .

  25. Anonymous

    March 1, 2007 at 4:56 am

    and he is also a professor at the very very elitist “Collège de France”. A specialist of 17th century litterature and society. He leaves in the “CarrĂ© Rive Gauche”, the antique dealers area of St Germain des Près : This just tells how much “Left Bank” he is ! The “rive gauche” style is that : be stylish, rather be an artist or intellectual, always casual, and never dressed up nor too “glamorous” (for that go on the right bank !)
    Of course this is a clichĂ©… but it’s kind of true.

    By the way : this is a GREAT blog !

  26. Anonymous

    March 22, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    I like this photo’s color

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  28. julian

    September 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Reminds me of an Oriental Camus

    Stylish and interesting shot

    He looks like he has a lot of tales to tell

  29. Sherilyn

    December 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

    “monsieur” is Marc Fumaroli!

    • 123

      November 11, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      not that guy

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