Mario de Miranda’s Mario and Paris releases, December 8, 2009
The Embassy of France to launch Goan artist Mario de Miranda’s Mario and Paris
Mr Jérôme Bonnafont, Ambassador of France to India, is delighted to launch Mr Mario de Miranda’s collection of drawings on the French capital, “Mario and Paris”, in the presence of Mrs Preneet Kaur, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs.
Note to editors:
A great number of the drawings in the “Mario and Paris” collection hark back to the early 1980s, when the artist embarked on a Paris trip of a few months, sponsored by France. Visiting its famous landmarks, wandering through its boulevards and alleys, frequenting its cafés and the Quartier Latin, observing the distinctive chic of Parisian women, sampling its delectable gastronomy, Mario de Miranda imbibed the city’s atmosphere, which he recreated in his inimitable, exuberant style.
Yet, aficionados will be surprised to know, the collection was passed over by publishers, and the first impression owed its appearance to a friend. Few copies were sold in 1983, despite being priced very reasonably. It had greater success in a later impression in 1985.
Some time ago, the French Consulate in Mumbai suggested a more ambitious publication for which Miranda added more drawings from the period and the new collection was produced in A3 and A4 formats, thanks to the dedicated efforts of his wife Habiba and friend Marise d’ Lima, who brought it all together with publisher, Anil Counto.