A Lady Painter shows all her talent

Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun with her daughter Jeanne-Lucie

Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun with her daughter Jeanne-Lucie. “La Tendresse maternelle”, 1786. Photo : RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Franck Raux

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Finance minister Charles Alexandre de Calonne, 1784,  one of her masterpieces, is kept at Windsor Castle.© Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

 

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.Read More

Joël Dicker strikes again

The very handsome Joel Dicker does not let us down

The very handsome Joël Dicker does not let us down

You probably remember the phenomenal success of « La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert » published three years ago exactly by Editions de Fallois. In Great Britain, Germany and in Italy it was equally successful with over 2 million copies sold by 35 publishers world wide in hard cover. The very young (27 at the time) Swiss writer had set his psychological thriller in New Hampshire and described the life of what he would somewhat instantly become, a very successful writer.

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Dream furniture in the Marais

Resin stools by Wonmin Park

Resin stools by Wonmin Park at the Carpenters workshop gallery

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 resin pieces of furniture is mind blowing and I still dream about them today. I was happily pleased to find other pieces of his at Musée des Arts Décoratifs’s show “Korea Now!”.Read More

These royal pieces can be yours

Lot 28 - Lami Soirée chez le duc d'Orléans

Eugène-Louis Lami, Une soirée chez le duc d’Orléans, 1843

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, “The Perilous Crown” (Macmillan), but he loved the arts and collected when in exile in Claremont house, in England. Some of his paintings are coming up for sale on 29 th and 30 th September and the catalog is online.

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“Vie de Château” in Beaujolais

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The XVII th century castle was built by Mansart

There is something almost sinful in waking up at Château de la Chaize, watching French gardens designed by Le Nôtre from my window and thinking about our hostess, Caroline von Klitzing, who is working hard in the cellar to conclude the wine making season. And I enjoyed it immensely.

A view from my window

The view from my window over Le Nôtre gardens restored thanks to an old  painting

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“Divine Frago” at Musée du Luxembourg

 

Jean-Honoré Fragonard: "La résistance inutile".

Jean-Honoré Fragonard: “La résistance inutile”.

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 « La Résistance inutile », « La chemise enlevée », « l’Instant désiré » are very exciting and never have I seen creased sheets so well painted…

Le Verrou, came from the Louvre

“Le Verrou”, came from the Louvre

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Revelations, a creative crafts fair

a porcelain ring in which you grow what you like (Esprit Porcelaine in Limoges)

A porcelain ring in which you grow what you like (Esprit Porcelaine in Limoges, 65€)

There are few things more exciting than walking into Grand Palais at ten A.M. and seeing a whole range of 300 maitres d’art. And I was surprised at the number of craftsmen I discovered within two hours. This new art fair « Revelations », started two years ago by Henri Jobbé-Duval, was incredibly successful this year and here are the marvels I found.Read More

Young talents at Publicis

Christophe Ono-di-biot announces the winner with Anne de la Baume, who runs the Fondaiton Bleustein Blanchet and Academician Erik Orsenna, member of the jury

Christophe Ono-di-biot announces the winner of the literary Prize with Anne de la Baume, who runs the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet and Erik Orsenna, member of the jury

There are a few magical hidden places in Paris and the terrace on top of the Publicis building, on place de l’Etoile, is one of them. Each year in September, a poetry and a literary prize are given to a young writer by the Fondation pour la Vocation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet and a relaxed and yet delicious lunch follows on the sunny terrace overlooking Paris and La Défense. This year, Martin Wable, 23, won the poetry prize for “Géopoésie” and Miguel Bonnefoy, 29 for his first novel « Le Voyage d’Octavio » which we had already reviewed here last March.Read More