Author Archives: Patricia Gilbert

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.

Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet, often described as one of the great “old masters” of fashion design, was born on February 19, 1853. As early as 1817, his family established the House of Doucet in Paris, a business specializing in fine linens, lingerie, … Continue reading

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Hubert de Givenchy

At the summer program where I work in Paris, we frequently have the children of famous people among our students. I’m generally pretty blasé about the star power, but one connection did get my interest. We had the great-niece of Hubert de … Continue reading

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Fernand Léger

French artist Fernand Léger was born on February 4, 1881 in Argentan, France. Beginning in 1903, he studied architecture in Caen and painting at the Académie Julien in Paris. Through Braque and Picasso, he was introduced to Cubism in 1910, … Continue reading

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Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

  French painter Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson was born on January 29, 1767. A versatile painter and illustrator, Girodet was probably the illegitimate son of Dr. Trioson and he adopted his surname in 1806. After a false start in architecture, … Continue reading

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Maison Callot Sœurs

Maison Callot Sœurs was opened in 1895 by four sisters: Marie Callot Gerber; Regina Callot Tennyson-Chantrell, and Joséphine Callot Crimont. Sœurs (sir) means “sisters” and I find it interesting that all of the sisters in the business were married, as … Continue reading

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Un livre d’heures

French Primatives painter Jean Fouquet was born in 1420, but there is no exact record of when exactly. Since 2020 represents his six hundredth birthday, I decided to just pick a random day to give him a shout out. So, … Continue reading

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Gustave Doré

Gustave Doré was born on January 6, 1832 in Strasbourg, France. He was the most prolific and successful French illustrator of his age. Initially, he was drawn to caricature, spurred on by the encouragement of noted cartoonist Charles Philipon. As … Continue reading

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