“Entrée libre” at Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris

Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, is one of those rare and secret monuments in the Marais, where you can enter freely and consult magazines from a hundred years ago. And no one  in Paris is aware of it.  After two years of modernization, Emmanuelle Toulet, its director, was hosting three days of public visits and has decided to … Read More

Toulouse Lautrec, the young master of Montmartre

It was great fun on the train to Martigny, Switzerland,  to meet a « cousinade » of Turckheims, a famous Protestant family from Alsace. The 50 cousins were all meeting in Verbier for the first week end of snow of the season and had planned to visit the Toulouse Lautrec show at Fondation Pierre Gianadda as part of their reunion. For the … Read More

Bob Calle is celebrated at Ecole des Beaux Arts

Two years after he disappeared on April 6, 2015, Bob Calle, a brilliant oncologist who directed Institut Curie in Paris, was celebrated at Ecole des Beaux Arts by a group of friends assembled by his widow Laurence Dumaine-Calle. The occasion was the prize giving ceremony in his name to European artists’ books. For he was a great art lover and had founded … Read More

The House of Worth, or the birth of Haute Couture

It is an extraordinary book that Chantal Trubert-Tollu, the great grand daughter of Charles Frederick Worth has just published with Françoise Tétart-Vittu, a costume historian. The House of Worth, 1858-1954 tells the story of four generations of fashion designers and it is mostly the history of a hundred years of Paris society through fashion.

Rebecca Fraser delivers a masterpiece!

It was a very jolly event at Daunt books in Marylebone, one of the oldest and prettiest Edwardian bookstore in London,  for the book launch of Rebecca Fraser’s latest work, « The Mayflower generation, The Winslow family and the fight for the New World » published in Great Britain by Chatto and Windus. After her biography of Charlotte Brontë in 1988 and … Read More

Duncan Hannah, New York’s “enfant chéri” takes Paris by storm

His British chic is unmissable and yet he breathes a definite American allure of naughtiness. Duncan Hannah was opening his first ever exhibition in Paris at galerie Pixi, run by Marie Victoire Poliakoff, and suddenly the sidewalks of rue de Seine were filled with Transatlantic jet setters who had spent last week end in Milbrook, N.Y. and were « training » to … Read More

Popular images from 1500 to 1840 at Documents 15

It is a lovely little show that artist Erik Desmazières and Mireille Romand has organized at gallery Documents 15 to present a book of André and Marie Thérèse Jammes’ collection of popular papers. You might remember the fantastic sale of Jammes’ photographs in 2008 at Sotheby’s which has been since called “The sale of the century”. This erudite book seller, who still … Read More

Gerald Shea, a history of sign language

Sign language or oral language for the Deaf, cochlear implants on babies ? Gerald Shea, author of « Song without words », a memoir on his experience as a partly deaf adult, recounts the history of sign language, largely promoted in France by Abbé Charles Michel de l’Epée who founded the first public school for the deaf, in a new book, « The Language … Read More