On the occasion of the bicentennial of Charles Baudelaire’s birth on April 9th, 1821, the musée d’Orsay has decided to celebrate the leading 19th century poet by hosting a series of weekly readings by creative figures from all over the world. Each creative figure designs their video.
Charles Baudelaire was a friend of many artists whose works are held at the musée d’Orsay. He has contributed to define what art, culture and poetry, have been from the 19th century to today.
This week’s reading is by Michèle Lamy. She reads “The Jewels.”

The very dear was naked, and, knowing my heart,
She had kept only her sonorous jewels,
Whose rich paraphernalia gave her the victorious air
That the slaves of the Moors have in their happy days.

When it throws while dancing its sharp and mocking noise,
This radiant world of metal and stone
Delights me in ecstasy, and I love with fury
The things where the sound mixes with the light.

She was thus lying down and let herself be loved,
And from the couch she smiled with ease
At my love, deep and sweet as the sea,
Which to her climbed as to its cliff.

Eyes fixed on me, like a tamed tiger,
With a vague and dreamy air she tried poses,
And candour united to lechery
Gave a new charm to her metamorphoses;

And her arm and leg, and thigh and loins,
Polished like oil, undulating like a swan,
Passed before my clear-sighted and serene eyes;
And her belly and her breasts, these bunches of my vine,

Went forward, more cuddly than the Angels of evil,
To disturb the rest where my soul was put,
And to disturb it from the crystal rock
Where, calm and solitary, it had sat.

I thought I saw united by a new design
The hips of Antiope to the bust of a beardless man,
So much her size brought out her pelvis.
On this fawn and brown complexion, the blush was superb!

And the lamp having resigned itself to die,
As the fireplace alone illuminated the room,
Each time he breathed a flaming sigh,
It flooded with blood this amber skin!

À l’occasion du bicentenaire de la naissance de Charles Baudelaire le 9 avril 1821, le musée d’Orsay a décidé de rendre hommage à cette figure majeure de la poésie du XIXe siècle en concevant un programme hebdomadaire de lectures de figures créatives du monde entier, chacune concevant sa vidéo.
Charles Baudelaire était ami de nombreux artistes dont les œuvres sont conservées au musée d’Orsay. Il a contribué à définir ce que sont l’art, la civilisation et de la poésie, du XIXe siècle à nos jours.

Cette semaine, la lecture est réalisée par Michèle Lamy. Elle lit « Les Bijoux. »


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