Photoblogging: Tour Eiffel

As my extended vacation comes to an end, the question of how I was going to blog during it also comes to an end. For the most part it was the same as usual. There were a few reblogs on the days I didn’t want to blog. And some vacation oriented posts. The photoblogging experiment was largely a failure but I am going to give it one more shot before the vacation is over.

I saw this painting today at the Paris Museum Of Modern Art. It was painted by Robert Delaunay in 1926. It is called Tour Eiffel. I really like it and thought I would share it with all of you. I hope you like it as much as I do.

tour eiffel


Comments (Archived):

  1. LE

    I really like it and thought I would share it with all of you.I once had a girlfriend (she might have had a touch of aspergers) that got upset because I couldn’t tell her what I liked about lobster. Or maybe it was steak. I just said “I like it”. I wasn’t really interested in putting into words why I liked it. [1] Or what I liked about it.What appeals to me about the above painting is that it has color and it seems to have taken a certain amount of skill to create. In other words I couldn’t have done that. Anytime I see random art that doesn’t seem to take any skill or that a 4th grader could have created that’s what I think. I also like the perspective. [2][1] To this day I just go with what makes me feel good and don’t try to think to hard about why that is. Doing so just invites unhappiness in my mind.[2] Because I was curious why I liked this since I don’t typically like many paintings because I haven’t been taught to know what to appreciate.

    1. fredwilson

      i like it because of the angles and the colors. because it represents Paris, a city i love. and because it is beautiful.

      1. Neil

        Fred, the first thing I noticed was that the painting is strikingly in the style of your Avatar!But I definitely agree… the angles (fresh point of view), colors, and the “lift” (the Eiffel draws you to naturally look up). Thanks sharing.

        1. jason wright

          that’s after absinthe

        2. LE

          Interesting and good point. Heavy on the greens. Must have something to do with army upbringing. This probably preceded desire to make money. Eifel picture has more “reds” though. Interesting.I’m partial to blue and greens (as in the photo I posted). Reason being is that the look of an island and water is what floats my boat. To me that’s peaceful and represents getting away.

        3. William Mougayar

          the colors are so similar, wow!

  2. William Mougayar

    I don’t think the photo blogging was failure from your end. The chaklenge was we werent used to lots of pics from your blog, as you went suddenly from almost no pics to lots of them. We didn’t have time to upgrade our ISP plans to 1 GB download speeds like what JLM has.

    1. fredwilson

      HaI posted this from the web which shrinks the size of the filesPosting from the WP android app does not

      1. William Mougayar

        that explains it.

    2. Russell


  3. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

    What a coincident … couple of days back I saw a very very simple painting of Eiffel on the net and was talking to my friends about…”Sometimes you can tell more with a painting than the actual thing is”. Here it is…

    1. Mac

      Kasi, my wife would like to know where you saw this if you remember. Thanks.

      1. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

        It was on ebay or etsy … let me search…yes. …. here is the link and it is already sold out.

        1. Mac

          Thanks, Kasi. I went to the site to get more information. There were some other nice pieces of artwork. I appreciate the link..

  4. RichardF

    Why was photoblogging a failure Fred?

    1. fredwilson

      I got a lot of negative feedback on it

      1. RichardF

        hmm…don’t know why. GG has been doing a great job on her blog, really enjoyed reading and seeing the photos of your travels.

        1. Brandon G. Donnelly

          yeah, it’s surprising

  5. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

    I would rather rephrase the sentence” on the days I didn’t want to blog.” as”on the days I couldn’t blog” 🙂

  6. LE

    Here is the art that I created the other day.Three new 27″ Apple Thunderbolt displays and a 30″ Display.I sent it to my brother in law and said (joking) “this is a shrine to your sister that I created”. He replied “creepy”.Art should evoke emotion even if it’s not what you expect. [1] I guess if I wanted him to think it was really a joke I should have put some candles in it. But then it would have been planned and it wasn’t. It was just spontaneous and driven by the new car smell of the brand new setup that I had. (For all of those on tablets and laptops you’d be surprised at the productivity you get from multiple large monitors. My old setup had two 24’s and a 30.[1] I just made that up but I’ll go with it. That’s sounding more profound than I want it to be. I’m not thinking I’m just reacting with emotion when I do anything I consider artistic or creative.

    1. JimHirshfield

      Radiation therapy?

      1. LE

        Less dangerous than living in NYC!!! Not like the old CRT’s which you had to periodically de-gauss [1] in that case you got a nice dose of static electricity and a cool sound which I call “the bonk”.There is a fair amount of heat given off by both the LCD’s (91 to 95 degree surface temperature (I measured it)) as well as the two Mac Pro’s (one new, one old) which blow out air at about 100 degrees.You can be to rich, you can be to thin, but you can never have to many large high quality monitors (or computers) at your disposal.[1]

  7. jason wright

    an interesting perspective. did Delauney have wings, or was he also on drugs in Paris?how colourful the past was.

    1. fredwilson

      I wondered how he got that vantage point too

      1. TaiKen


      2. jason wright

        i think i’m not suggesting that you are on drugs in Paris :-)…but have you tried the Absinthe there yet? Very popular with artists in Paris at that time. It may help to explain the painting.

        1. fredwilson

          :)No I have not. I’m a bit scared to try it

          1. jason wright

            yeah, i value my liver.

    2. Mac

      Probably from a photo taken from a plane or dirigible.

  8. Richard

    Timeless (the mark of something great)

  9. Tom Labus

    The photoblogging was fine. The first day was kinda slow.Like the painting a lot and also that neighborhood

  10. panterosa,

    So fun. This is certain to have influenced painter Stuart Davis, as well as animator Chuck Jones. I see these lines in their work.

  11. awaldstein

    Nice and thanks for the share.I love Paris, second only to NY, for many reasons honestly that are similar between the two.I also am drawn to the Eiffel Tower.Something so simply, so stark has been viewed and loved by so many in every possible way. That’s what inspires.I took this with my G10 the first time I every tried Velib and realized the power of bike share.Enjoy and thank you for taking me along.

  12. vruz

    I can safely report success on this one. Cheers.

  13. Elia Freedman

    Forget the picture: you’ve been gone a month already??? Damn it. Where does the time go?

  14. Lee Blaylock

    It has always amused me that la tour Effel was not only reviled when built in the late 1880s but also was supposed to be temporary, yet has become such an international icon. The jury is still out on the pyramid at the Louvre (I like it a lot), but it makes me wonder what we’ve built more recently that will capture international attention in future generations.

  15. Ken Greenwood

    Great painting. Refreshing and inspiring. No issues viewing over LTE on an iPhone 5S. Thanks for sharing this and all the rest. Cheers!

  16. pointsnfigures

    love that painting. love the way they positioned the tower, and I love the colors. Looking at it makes me feel good inside.

  17. Twain Twain

    Thanks for sharing, it’s a great piece I hadn’t seen before. It looks unfinished because that salmon-colored tarmac leading up to the Eiffel Tower is a different shade from the roundabout.Perhaps it was Delaunay’s comment on how all art and our life paths are a “work-in-progress”?I also wonder if the Golden Gate team saw Delaunay’s painting and were inspired to paint the bridge that shade of international orange because of it.Mostly, I relate to Eiffel Tower via iconic black and white photographs of it rather than paintings. There’s a fantastic Tumblr post showing it at various stages of construction:*

  18. lksugarman

    Beautiful and timeless.

  19. Conrad Ross Schulman

    You must be a fan of futurism then!

  20. Kirsten Lambertsen

    I love so many things about this painting. Like music for the eyes 🙂