Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France Watteau is generally associated with paintings of picnicking aristocrats, but early in his career, he painted a series of military scenes. France was involved in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Watteau’s paintings don’t portray battle scenes, but rather quiet moments in camp. This exhibit at the Frick Collection in New York is the first to focus on this aspect of Watteau’s career, including one painting that has never been displayed in a museum. The exhibit is open until October 2, 2016.
- Pour une femme (For A Woman) – This 2013 movie is about memories and stories of two sisters after the death of their mother. There is intrigue about the post-war years in France, the black market, the Communist party, and family secrets. It’s available on Netflix or you can follow the link above to watch the full film on Youtube.
- The Paris Winter, by Imogen Robertson – I thought this was going to be “starving artist in Paris rubs shoulders with famous people” story, but it turned out to be so much more. A young English woman comes to Paris to study at a ladies-only Académie and finds herself having to chose between paint and food. She gets a too-good-to-be-true position as a lady’s companion but finds herself the victim of a con man’s machinations. It’s a story about diamonds, opium, attempted murder, and revenge. The backdrop is the great Paris flood of 1910, which is particularly interesting to read about after the dramatic flooding this spring. A thoroughly good read.
- Mode Personel(le) – French style author, Isabelle Thomas, has a blog about fashion and beauty sponsored by the newspaper L’Express. You can practice your vocabulary while you learn about the mysteries of la touche française.
- DiorShow Blackout Mascara – I feel totally naked without mascara. I picked up a new one at Duty Free in the airport and I am very pleased with it. DiorShow lengthens without clumping and stays put so I don’t end up with racoon smudges by the end of the day.