Poussin and a few discoveries

Eliezer and Rebecca

Eliezer and Rebecca, 1648, © Musée du Louvre,

I have always been reticent about Nicolas Poussin’s paintings and even in Chantilly where I discovered the fabulous « Massacre des Innocents », which is considered as one of his masterpieces, I tended to be bored by his landscapes. Well, with this new exhibition at the Louvre of « Poussin et Dieu », and thanks to Guy de Compiègne’s new study « Nicolas Poussin, l’ambiguité recherchée » (Ed du Varulv), I had a new look and was fascinated.Read More

A dream house facing the Rhune

The beautiful 1930 farm house Martienea

The beautiful 1930 farm house Martienea

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The large living room includes two pianos!

It is one of the great advantages of our times, that exceptional private houses, hidden away in the countryside, can be rented for short periods of time. « Martienea » (the house of Martin) is one of those treasure houses, set in the Basque country, 15 mns from Biarritz airport.

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The view from the breakfast terrace

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From Courson to Chantilly, a Princely triumph!

A forest of Dogwoods Venus won a Prize

A forest of Dogwoods Venus won a Prize

Hélène and Patrice Fustier were slightly nervous at 10 am this Friday morning, when the Festival of Plants, which they created in their castle of Courson 32 years ago, was for the first time taking place at Chantilly.

The first Courson at Chantilly was a huge success with over 20 00 visitors in three days

The first Courson at Chantilly was a huge success with over twenty thousand visitors in three days

At dinner the same evening, in the charming Maison de Silvie, everyone was completely relieved: 7 124 visitors had been faithful on the first day of this magical event, where Belgian, British and Dutch exhibitors had joined the French nurseries in a fantastic Ball of Plants.Read More

A Dolce Vita not so sweet

Vittorio Zecchin, ONe and thousand nights, 1914, © Musée d’Orsay,

Vittorio Zecchini, “One and thousand nights”, 1914, © Musée d’Orsay,

It starts with furniture by Bugatti (the brother of… ) and Eugenio Quarti, presented at the Universal exhibition of Turin in 1902. An amazing painting by Pelizza da Volpedo, « The Mirror of life », shows a series of sheep following each other. So funny and so true ! In a small room full of Vittorio Zecchinis, one discovers the versatility of this artist with a mosaic of the Rois Mages, many glass artifacts collected by Mitchell Wolfson, Jr and the painting of « One and thousand nights » with gold chips painted over the canvas. Quite magical.

Carlo Bugatti, Chair, 1902, © Musée d’Orsay,

Carlo Bugatti, Chair, covered in parchment, 1902, © Musée d’Orsay,

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Irv Yalom, a psychotherapist, a writer and now an actor

Marilyn and Irv Yalom celebrating at 80

Marilyn and Irv Yalom celebrating at 80

It is incredibly brave to direct a documentary on a psychotherapist and this is what the Swiss director Sabine Gisiger,  spent the last four years doing, after reading most of Irv Yalom’s books, including “Love’s Executioner” which was translated into 30 languages. The result, “Yalom’s cure” is a fascinating 72 mn interview of the great American psychotherapist and novelist, featuring his wife and himself in a “Guide to happiness”. The film which comes out in theaters in France on May 20 th,  starts with strong beautiful images of a large commercial ship cruising through the San Francisco bay.

A brilliant young boy raised in Washington

A brilliant young boy raised in Washington

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A tiny coffee shop on a famous street

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Muffins and carrot cake on Fbg St Honoré

I was walking past the British Embassy on Faubourg St Honoré when I spotted a small sign on the sidewalk : “Honor” with an arrow leading to a courtyard at n°54. Real estate is so high on this street that many shops are actually hidden in the back.  Behind Burberry, Cuchinelli and Moschino,  I found  the most charming little coffee shop selling muffins and carrot cake, a true British enclave designed by Studio Dessuant Bone’s very talented Marie and Phil.Read More

Versailles in gold and green

Jean Michel Othoniel and Louis Benech joined talents for a sensational new Bosquet

Jean Michel Othoniel and Louis Benech joined talents for a sensational new Bosquet du Théâtre de l’Eau

Issey Miyake with Catherine Deneuve

Designer Irie with Catherine Deneuve

« Come at 7 pm through the « Grille de la Reine » said the invitation and we were just too happy to drive inside the parc de Versailles past the Trianon Palace hotel and look at the sheep having their Sunday night supper in the sunset. The new “Bosquet du Théâtre d’Eau”, resurrected by gardner Louis Benech, contemporary artist Jean Michel Othoniel and last but not least, amazing Catherine Pégard, President of Versailles, was being inaugurated. Discreetly posted in the back, stood Joël Cottin, the Head Gardner, who will be in charge of nursing the bosquet.Read More

Antony Gormley strikes in Pantin

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Anthony Gormley’s “Big” series of cast iron stelae in Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, Pantin

I braved the bad weather and the traffic on the Périphérique, passed the sad Philharmonie at Porte de Pantin and jumped into this disinherited suburb of Paris where Thaddaeus Ropac, the very worldly Austrian gallerist, opened, some four years ago, a very large exhibition space, in a former foundry.Read More