We went to Bayonne, so as to discover the city with an app called “Izi travel” which offered audios made by the students of our school about the story of Bayonne’s monuments. When we came back to school, we began to work on the scripts for videoscribe
Euskal Herria – Henri Zo
Musée Basque de Bayonne
- Hello, we would like to take you back in time, when something fantastic happened. We had our portrait made, come along!
- Look, that’s us! Do you remember?
- Oh yes, we were so young at that time! When was it again?
- In 1925, remember, we met Henri ZO, the famous local painter.
- Oh yes! He invited us for tea. We were so impressed.
- I was jealous. He had a thing for you!
- Come on! He talked about his project. He wanted to represent the Basque country.
- Yes, you’re right. It was commissioned by the French government.
- Yes, actually the government wanted local painters to represent each French region.
- I recall he was a bit disappointed because his work was meant to become a tapestry and not a proper painting. And this is the tapestry cardboard.
- Then, he took us to a Basque event where some traditions were represented.
- Yes, that’s where he painted us. I remember the musicians and the dancers and the carnival but I can’t recall the horse rider and the card players.
- Yes, he told us that he added some details because he needed to represent all the traditions and he explained that the card game was called Jeu de Mus. And look at the little boy with the chistera.
- Yes, it’s the tool that is used to play the regional game, la pelote.
- You remember the shoes we got that day, we bought them from Bixente, he was the man making local shoes, les espadrilles.
- They are really lucky to live here, between the mountain and the ocean.
- Yes, really, this afternoon was really great. The square of the village was cute with the traditional houses, the church and the pediment.
- Look, all around the painting there is some blazons of the most important Basque villages and cities from one of the 3 Basque regions: le Labourd.
- There are Hendaye, Ustaritz Tardets, Mauléon, Bayonne and Biarritz.
- And there is the French flag on top of the pediment. it represents the national scale.
- Ah yes, it’s true we are in France too.
- Would it be different if it was a Greek or an Italian painting?
- Yes, of course even if we are in Europe and we have the same values, each country has its way to express it.
- I feel like going to Spain.
- And also Greece.
- After Italy.
- And Romania too.
- But today, we are in the Basque country and in a Basque house. So let’s have a look around. And don’t forget to take pictures, it can be useful.