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 jewelry artist Victoire de Castellane @victoiredecastellane. She reads the poem “The giantess”.
When Nature in her powerful verve
Conceived every day monstrous children,
I would have liked to live near a young giantess,
As at the feet of a queen a voluptuous cat.
I would have liked to see her body bloom with her soul
And grow freely in her terrible games;
To guess if her heart smoulders a dark flame
To the wet mists that swim in her eyes;
To roam at leisure her magnificent forms;
To crawl on the slope of her huge knees,
And sometimes in summer, when the unhealthy suns
Weary, make her stretch across the countryside,
Sleep nonchalantly in the shadow of her breasts,
Like a peaceful hamlet at the foot of a mountain.
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.