Why a Rooster?

The 20-21-22 November 2015, Paris-Bourke will be at the Paris to Provence Festival in Melbourne. For this occasion, my last charcoal work on timber will be on display: a proud French rooster! But why a rooster? Its association with France dates back from the Middle Ages and is due to the play on words in Latin between Gallus, (inhabitant of Gaule, which later became France), and its homonym gallus, (rooster). The rooster was featured on the reverse of a French 20-franc gold coin from 1899 to 1914. Today, it is often used as the national mascot.

artist Alice N.L.

The rooster crowing sound in French is “Cocorico” (cock-a-doodle-doo)

(This post is dedicated to Cecilia.)

6 thoughts on “Why a Rooster?

  1. Thank you so much for the explanation! You made my day and I can’t stop smiling 🙂 Great to see you at work. What a splendid and proud looking rooster. I am sure your art work and creativity will be admired by all. I am very happy for you!

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