Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Only in France…

You know you’re in France when there’s a poster of a little boy checking out a doll’s equipment plastered all over every Métro stop.



The ad is a part of the Affordable Art Fair’s campaign, an international art show featuring established and emerging artists at prices that won’t kill your porte-monnaie.

So who was Courbet? Let’s just say that Gustave, founder of the Realist movement, had a penchant for painting lady parts (check out his talent in the world-famous L’Origine du monde).

As for the "Courbets of tomorrow"? The poster will definitely get a giggle from parents who won’t sue the school if Maxime kisses Mathilde on the playground.

What do you think? Too cute or trop tacky? La Mom wants to know!

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20 comments:

Laura said...

i think it's funny, but I can imagine a -huge- outrage if this was posted anywhere at home in the States!

vicki archer said...

The title says it all....xv

parlezvouskiwi said...

When you know the background to it its quite funny but without knowing about Gustav and purely looking at the image, its a little tacky. But because you have explained it, its kinda cute! ;-)

SuZ said...

I think it's hilarious. It's not like he's a thirty year old man, he's a boy... and that's what boys do! :)

Margarita said...

I think it's cute, but I do agree that the states would go crazy on this one... crazy states... lol.

Only in France I suppose!

Simply Mel said...

Isn't this what all kids do - check out and compare each other's 'parts' - so naturale and normal!

Another perfect example of: a picture speaks a thousand words (and everyone has their own translation!).

Monkey Girl said...

A tad tacky...

bj Lantz said...

I agree with Laura & Margarita, it is funny in Paris, but would likely end up on the Today Show for the controversy it would stir if posted in the states.

ParisBreakfasts said...

Reminds me of when I was standing at a bus shelter in Beaune next to a giant poster of a topless woman -A plea for self-examination for breast cancer.
Ah...the French!

Joanna Jenkins said...

WHoa, that would never fly, not even in Los Angeles. But, honestly, it cracked me up.

Anne said...

Thanks a million La Mom for finding this image and posting it. I passed by it in the metro when I didn't have my camera and scoured the Internet looking for it to no avail. Definitely will bookmark it for a friend back home who saw the Courbet retrospective with me last year!

a H.I.T. said...

Very funny, although, I'm not sure if I would think that if I had a little boy who was with me when I saw the poster...

Kelli said...

It's only really funny in France. I think elsewhere it would be viewed as tacky and certainly not giving the right idea to our little ones.

Ali said...

Harmless--but a little bit tacky.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Le'Funny!! But Laura is right, can just imagine the fuss here in the U.S.

Elisa said...

I think it's kind of tacky, but I don't find it offensive. I'm sure that wouldn't be the case if the poster came out here ;-)

Anonymous said...

more of only in France or paris http://brand-e.biz/diesel-powers-denim-doodle/

American in Norway said...

Not so shocking anymore... media is way differnt over "here"... I too can only imagine this being somewhere in the US...

Mommy In Pink said...

LMAO...that's hysterical!

Meriem said...

Trop mignon :) i like that they used a doll, because if they had used a real little girl, i would be saying "quelle horreur"
but yeah, that's what all kids do

 

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