Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Leo Ferre was a poet, composer and singer born in Monaco.

Ferre moved to Paris in his late teens and never mentioned Monaco when asked where he was from, a fact that always bothered Princess Grace (according to her son, Prince Albert).

Nonetheless, Monte Carlo commemorated Ferre with a tiny Place Leo Ferre, at which stands a sculpted bust of the poet.

Papa Duke, taken by Ferre's melancholy ballads, painted this portrait in 2005.

Oil-on-board, 28 x 28.