Location | Paris: Meet Field School Blogger Kyubo Yun

Meet Kyubo (center, with Rhea and Courtney)-- a rare shot of the man perpetually behind the camera!
Tell us a little bit about yourself—school, background, major, reasons for taking this trip, anything else interesting you want to share.

Kyubo taking notes at the Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Pompidou
(photo courtesy: Dorothy Barenscott)
Hello, my name is Kyubo, and I am a Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. While art history was never one of my strongest subjects, I joined this trip because I saw the importance of training myself to read and write more effectively. I love to travel, and I’ve spent over two years traveling throughout Asia prior to coming to Kwantlen. I’ve never set a foot into Europe before, so this trip has surely been an eye opener for me. Seeing and being in the same presence as the paintings and works I’ve studied is one way of learning, but being with a group of intelligent, like-minded individuals was another great way to create conversations and learn.

What has met or exceeded your expectations or surprised you about Paris so far?

Everything! The richness of culture, it is amazing what a city can offer that is much older than Vancouver. I was very much used to the narrow spaces of cities, but here in Paris, the narrow spaces and streets opened up to huge expansive open areas, parks, and squares. It was an experience that I’ve never felt in any other city that I’ve been to. I also loved touching the bricks of cathedrals with the date and a name etched into them, and trying to imagine the number of people that had passed by before me. It’s not very often for me to be in the presence of these structures and paintings and get a real sense of history and the passing of time. It is surreal.  
Kyubo has helped create the visual story of our trip through his many photos and character studies of the field
school participants. Note the many photo credits to Kyubo throughout these blog posts.
Give us some insight into your assigned art work from the Musee d’ Orsay. After seeing the work in person, what struck you most about it and/or how did the art work’s form, content, and context shift for you when seeing it?

Frederic Bazille and Eduoard Manet, Bazille's Studio (1870)
I was assigned L'atelier de Bazille [Bazille's Studio] by Frédéric Bazille and Edouard Manet. Upon getting past the lineups and bag checks at the Orsay Museum, the area opened up to an overwhelming space that I couldn’t take in all at once. It’s a feeling that I’ve never had in a gallery space before. My assigned work was with the Impressionists on the 5th floor. The Impressionists room was rather difficult to navigate due to the mass popularity of these paintings. Many groups surrounded the larger and the more famous paintings such as Manet’s Déjeuner sur l'herbe, while my chosen painting sat in a corner beside it, humble yet dignified. I somewhat enjoyed the fact that it was the lesser known of the paintings, as people took a quick glance, and walked past it without too much thought. I was given the opportunity to comfortably stand in the corner and observe the painting without much disturbance from the mass crowds that surrounded the nearby paintings. What I found the most interesting about my painting was that much of the information about Manet’s involvement in the painting was removed from the title card. I’ve only read that Manet painted him in judging by his style of painting, but when I saw the painting in person, I was able to see that the brush strokes of Bazille in the center was cross hatched while the rest of the painting was very smooth. The different style of painting was undoubtedly visible, and perhaps by removing the involvement of Manet from the title card, it would draw even more attention to those that didn’t know about the art work. The different strokes of the painting would not show in photographs, as they had to be seen against the light to notice the difference. Overall, the placement of the painting in a corner beside the greats played off as a supporting role of the Impressionist movement, and it reflected the fact that Bazille did support his Impressionist friends when it was needed for them to achieve what they have since accomplished.          

Today’s activity was located around the Eiffel Tower. What were your impressions?  What will you take away of the experience?  What, if any are the memorable moments for you?
A majestic view of Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower-- notice the Haussmannized streets.
  I left early in the morning to go see the Eiffel Tower with Rhea and Courtney before my time was up in Paris. From below the tower looking up, I wasn’t particularly amazed, possibly due to the number of images I had seen prior to coming on the trip. The line-up wasn’t too bad in the morning, it took only 15 minutes in line and we were walking our way up to the first half of the Eiffel Tower. As we climbed higher up into the tower, the Haussmannized streets of Paris became more and more apparent of. At the peak of the tower, which we had gone up by an elevator, we were amazed to be able to get a visual map of Paris. I had realized that I wasn’t able to get an idea of what Paris looked like, because we had traveled on metros throughout my time here. I was able to point out all of the buildings and places we had been to, and I got a much better sense of what this city looked like. Overall, I felt that I probably wouldn’t go up the tower again, but I would highly recommend it to anyone who visits Paris for the first time.
Courtney looking out of a telescope over Paris.