Une pochade

img_4009We 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.

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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2 Responses to Une pochade

  1. Ellen A. says:

    Would that we all had brothers-in-law who could immortalize us in a painting! Enjoy your Paris Christmas!

  2. He actually made his sister-in-law look way more attractive than his wife!

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