Vive La France! 30 years later, John revisits Fontainebleau

2013 marks to 90th Anniversary of the Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau. In 1983, I had the privilege of attending this venerable and amazing summer school…

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The old chateau… can you believe they let us study here?!

This July, I had the second privilege of visiting the old chateau during the summer session and celebration. Alumni were invited to submit a board describing their current endeavors and a brief blurb about how the school had affected our careers. It was a thrill to see my marker among the many on display in the Cour de La Fontaine. Although Eric was unable to be there in person – he was a part of the show as well (Class of ’82).

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The Cour de la Fontaine – look closely and you will see the display boards.

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Studio E proudly on display.

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Class of 1982… Eric makes an appearance at Fontainbleau.

My younger brother Tom attended the program in 1985 and won the First Prize – entitling him to a one year scholarship at the Cité des Arts in Paris. In 1989 he moved to Paris and founded his own practice in 1997. Tom has been a part of the faculty at the Fontainebleau school for over a decade. His work was thus included in a display featuring the faculty.

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My stunt double? Nope – that’s my brother Tom.

In addition to the wonderful day spent at Fontainebleau – my family and I spent two glorious weeks enjoying the Aquitaine

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Lean in… can you smell the yeast? Market day in Sarlat-la-Canéda.

We ate every meal as if it were our last. We sipped the local vintages and basked in the summer scenery. We were even able to pay a visit to the spot in Paris where I proposed to my bride – 25 years ago.

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This is the spot… 25 years later on the Pont des Arts.

A grand time was had by all – I can hardly wait to return.

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Chillin’ in les Tuileries.

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