History

Inspiring Comtesse Greffulhe at Galliera

Grefflhe Galliera image

The Comtesse Greffulhe did not follow fashion, she dictated fashion for all in Paris society to follow. She inspired Marcel Proust and fashion designers. Until March 20, 2016, Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode, is displaying Comtesse Greffulhe’s wardrobe collection “La Mode retrouvée” (Finding lost fashion). The collection moves to New York’s Museum at FIT in September 2016 under the title “Proust’s Muse”. As with most women who are “clothes horses” ….

Artist, Beauford Delaney Exhibit in Paris

Beauford Delaney exhibition in Paris - groupings of some of his works. Exhibit in 2016 Wells International Foundation

The works of Beauford Delaney, a figurative, abstract expressionist, i.e., modernist painter, are being shown in the first solo exhibition since 1992. The exhibit, Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color, opens February 3 with a Vernissage in Paris in the Grande Salle at Columbia Global Centers Europe at Reid Hall (Columbia University’s Paris facility), 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris, Metro: Vavin line 4. Any questions or want an invitation to the vernissage……

Rosemary Flannery’s Angels of Paris

cover of Rosemary Flannery's Angels of Paris Architectural Tour through the history of Paris

How do you view Paris? With an angel on her shoulder, Rosemary Flannery views Paris through angel eyes. Rosemary is the author of the book, “Angels of Paris, an Architectural Tour through the History of Paris”. Rosemary wrote the text and took the photos, even if it included carrying a ladder around to get the best angle of an angel. I only recently discovered this book, a little slow on my part, but that shows the timelessness of a subject that dates back….

Paris Parks begin Winter Hours

The gardien ending his day at Square Louis XIII - Place des Vosges in the 4th arrondissement of Paris walking toward the statue.

Walking through Square Louis XIII (also known as Place des Vosges), my short cut route was cut short. The route became the long way around! The corner where I usually exit was already locked! And then I heard a hint of why.”Le square ferme. Mesdames, Messieurs et Mesdemoiselles*, le square ferme,” he called out. To my surprise the 7:30 pm closing time was no longer; it was now 5:45 pm! The majority of Paris park changed to winter time when the clocks fell back an hour. …

Exhibit: Viollet-le-Duc, Visions of an Architect

Lady walking in front of the poster for Viollet le Duc exhibit at Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Viollet-le-Duc renovated the crumbling walls and put his imprint on about one hundred French monuments, including Vézelay, Pierrefonds, Notre-Dame de Paris, Carcassonne, Saint-Sernin. At la Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine until March 9, 2015, all of the signage and labels are in French and English. An opportunity for the public to see for the first time a considerable quantity of newly acquired graphic drawings and writing and relate to the public the various facets of this temperamental artist. This retrospective exhibit celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of his birth.

Ironies in Paris-Rue Nicolas Appert, a New History

Nicolas Appert street sign Charlie Hebdo offices

Street names in Paris are one way to discover the history of France. With over 5,000 streets, avenues, boulevards, cul-de-sacs and dead ends the name of the street often has a simply-phrased history beneath the name. An example is rue Nicolas Appert in the eleventh arrondissement. Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner who made pastries and candies, invented the method for conserving food in a tin can and lived between 1749 and 1841. Direct Matin is one of the free metro newspapers in France. They have a section called “Pourquoi…” … about Nicolas Appert’s invention.