Lorient Celtic festival at the British Embassy

Lord Llewellyn, British ambassador to France, seemed very happy during the reception he gave at his residence of Faubourg Saint Honoré, to celebrate Scotland as the official guest of Festival Interceltique de Lorient, the largest Celt celebration in the world, which takes place every year at the beginnning of August, in Brittany.

Germaine de Staël at full steam

Thanks to my friend Christian de Pange who is a direct descendant of Madame de Staël through her daughter Albertine de Broglie, I could virtually visit the Fondation Martin Bodmer’s exhibition in Geneva. If you are not familiar with this beautiful museum set in Cologny on the lake, just imagine the greatest collection of 160 000 manuscripts, letters and old books … Read More

“Etiquette at Versailles” by Daria Galateria

A specialist of Marcel Proust and 17 th century French litterature, Daria Galateria has always followed the French scene for Italian newspapers and her Sapienza university students. She shares her life between Saint German des Près in Paris, the Pantheon in central Rome and the city of Trappani where she writes and swims on the islands of Southern Sicily. Her … Read More

The Pulitzer Prize for biography goes to Hisham Matar

When I first heard Hisham Matar speak at the American library in Paris last December, it was obvious that he was not just a writer telling a tragic story. His intensity, his severity for mediocre questions, his pause before answering, were all impressive. I immediately sensed a very special mind. He had come to talk about his latest book, « The Return » … Read More

High Life in Miami

Little did I know two years ago, when I met the extravagant Mitchell Wolfson Jr, (Micky to his friends) in Paris,  that I would end up being so impressed by his museum, the Wolfsonian, in Miami Beach. I was there last week to visit the current show, « Modern Dutch design » curated by Silvia Barisione and could not leave the place, … Read More

Antonia and Alexandra share their diaries

Since her husband, Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter died on Christmas Eve 2008, Lady Antonia Fraser has published two Memoirs  « Must you go » and « My History ». Her latest book published last month by Oneworld Publications,  « Our Israeli diary, 1978 » is a little publishing jewel. Alexandra Shulman is leaving Vogue at the height of her fame with the publication of “Inside … Read More

Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, a universal genius

When as a young student in Madrid, Guillermo de Osma discovered Mariano Fortuny’s etchings in the Calcographia Nacional, he had no idea there had never been anything written on this Spanish genius of fashion and design who died in Venice in 1949. The “magician”, the “alchemist”, the “Renaissance man” as he was often called, remains a mystery to his biographers … Read More

Henri Cartier Bresson strikes again

“Images à la sauvette”, or “The Decisive Moment”, as it is known in the United States, is a book published in October 1952 by Simon and Schuster, which changed the course of Henri Cartier Bresson‘s life and dramatically influenced the art world. Henri Matisse designed the cover two years before he died, Teriade, the French publisher edited the book. The … Read More