Five on Friday 14

  1. Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio – The Met in New York has a new exhibit opening on October 7 featuring the greatest follower of Caravaggio, French artist Valentin de Boulogne (1591–1632). Although de Boulogne was one of the most talented 17th century painters in his own right, his work is almost unknown because he died rather young, at 41, and only about sixty of his works survive. The 45 paintings in this exhibit come from museums around the world, most notably the Louvre.
  2. Raiders of the Lost Art  – This British documentary follows the stories of looted and stolen art from many countries and eras. There are two seasons of episodes on Netflix (in the US) that recount Hollywood-worthy true-crime tales through re-enactment, rare documents, and commentary by art theft experts. Unsurprisingly, many of these stories have a connection with Paris. If you enjoyed movies like The Monuments Men, you’ll like this series, even if there is no George Clooney.
  3. Paris Stories, by Mavis Gallant – This is a collection of short stories by a fellow Canadian, written while she was living in Paris. Gallant, who frequently wrote for The New Yorker, moved to France in the 1950s so that she could focus on writing fiction. The stories only occasionally take place in Paris, but all share brilliant turns of phrase that had me reaching for a pencil to underline them and wishing that I could write with such crystalline clarity. I did not read these stories quickly, but dipped into them over several months. But as Gallant herself said, “Stories are not chapters of novels. They should not be read one after another, as if they were meant to follow along. Read one. Shut the book. Read something else. Come back later. Stories can wait.”
  4. @frenchlarkspur – This Instagrammer is a decorator and photographer with an eye for vintage French goodies. If you like what you see, follow the link to her website, where you can buy prints of her beautiful photos or brocante treasures.
  5. Baies room spray, by Diptyque – I added this room spray to my collection of Diptyque products in my favorite Baies scent when I was in Paris. It’s safe for fabrics, so I spritz it in my closet so that all my clothes smell delicious.

Bon week-end!


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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