Désirs et volupté


A must-do for our upcoming trip to Paris is lunch in the glamorous tea-room at the musée Jacquemart-André. While there, we’ll take in their current exhibit “Désirs et volupté – À l’époque Victorienne,” which is on until January 20, 2014. The fifty paintings by 19th century British artists represent “the cult of beauty” that glorified women.


These artists were part of what was known as the “Aesthetic Movement” that held elements of the pre-Raphaelites, such as settings from Antiquity or medieval times, nature as a sumptuous fantasy,  and symbolism. Some of the most famous paintings on display are The Roses of Heliogabalus, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, a detail of which is on top, and Greek Girls Picking up Pebbles on the Beach, by Frederic Leighton, above. If you can’t see the exhibit in Paris, it will be moving next to Rome in the spring, Madrid in the summer and fall, before it wraps up in London.


Désirs et volupté (dayzeer ay vol-up-tay) means desires and sensual pleasure. Volupté can also refer to exquisite pleasure or delight. This spontaneous trip to Paris represents that type of intense pleasure for me, and the Jacquemart-André is just the place to indulge in delight.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Désirs et volupté

  1. jhozvicka says:

    I like your blog and pictures, was very educational…John

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  3. Nemorino says:

    By coincidence, I went to this same exhibition in 2013. https://operasandcycling.com/musee-jacquemart-andre/

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