From royal couturier to painter of palaces

  He became instantly world famous in the 1980’s after Princess Diana danced with John Travolta in the « ink-blue » velvet gown he designed for her dinner at the White House. Victor Edelstein, who started his career as a couturier at Biba in London in 1966, went on to dress all the British royalties and New York queens (Anna Wintour) and … Read More

Splendour and Misery at Orsay

It is interesting to see that two major exhibitions in Paris, are totally dedicated to women. Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun at Grand Palais describes in detail the elegance of aristocrats at Marie Antoinette‘s court. « Splendour and Misery » at Musée d’Orsay, tries to draw a fresco of prostitution in the late 19 th century. It is full of beautiful … Read More

Wilfredo Lam out of Cuba and back

Born the 8 th child of the family in Sagua la Grande, a little town east of Havana, Wilfredo Lam takes his Chinese name from his father Enrique Lam-Yam, who emigrated from Canton in 1860. His mother, part Congolese and part Spanish, was born in Cuba. Thus the most handsome metis young man, who studied art in Havana at 14, … Read More

A Lady Painter shows all her talent

  Ever since her father, the pastellist Louis Vigée, told her she would become a painter, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun had wanted to prove that she could paint as well as a man. And she did ! With 150 portraits exhibited at Grand Palais, she definitely makes her point.

Dream furniture in the Marais

It was pouring rain and I had a hard time finding the door to the Carpenters workshop, a very discreet but grand gallery in the Marais, a block away from BHV super-trendy store. But when I saw the true « jewels » designed by South Korean artist Wonmin Park, the sky became blue ! The poetry and refinement of his … Read More

These royal pieces can be yours

It is always exciting to walk into a pre auction exhibiton and choose (abstractly) the pieces one wants to buy ! This is exactly what I did at Sotheby’s this week, for the royal collection of the Orléans family. The last king of France, Louis Philipe had a short reign (1830-1848) as you can discover in Munro Price’s excellent biography, … Read More

“Divine Frago” at Musée du Luxembourg

  The title of this exhibition of  paintings by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, “Fragonard in Love, suitor and libertine”, is very strange… The curator, Guillaume Faroult, takes great care in telling us that « Frago » was married (at 37) and faithful to his lovely painter wife Marie-Anne Gérard all his life, so why call him a libertine? But the scenes of … Read More