We went to the Henri Fantin-Latour exhibit at the musée du Luxembourg today. Not only did we thoroughly enjoy his paintings, but I learned a new word. Early in his career, Fantin-Latour practiced his craft with numerous self-portraits. In the notes next to the paintings, they refered to one portrait as une pochade. When my husband asked me what that meant, I was stumped. Wordreference.com to the rescue! Une pochade is a sketch, or hastily executed painting. It can also be applied to writing. I loved his flower paintings, particularly the one in the blue vase. My husband preferred the lady in the blue dress, Fantin-Latour’s sister-in-law. If you’ll be in Paris by February 12, this is a beautiful exhibit.