Memories of Fontainebleau

An online exhibition of Fine Arts Alumni

Robert Claiborne, FA 1984

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


California Polytechnic University, 1985

Memory of Fontainebleau

Cutting stone for a mosaic project in the Henri IV wing. Unaware that Marion Tournon-Branly kept an apartment there for the evenings she did not return to Paris. Cutting stone is loud and the sound rang throughout the cellar, and to Marion’s apartment! Around midnight, she came into the basement and found me there. Escorting me out I said to her ‘bonne nuit’, she stopped me and said, no, a gentleman never says ‘bonne nuit’ to a woman unless he has ulterior motives. You say ‘bonsoir’.