Tag Archives: Émile Zola

Cézanne et moi

After having spent an idyllic time in Aix-en-Provence this summer, the film Cézanne et moi caught my eye on Netflix. The film is about the friendship between writer Émile Zola and painter Paul Cézanne. It’s hard to go too many steps … Continue reading

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La vérité est en marche et rien ne l’arrêtera

French writer Émile Zola was born on April 2, 1840.  When his widowed mother moved from Aix-en-Provence to Paris, Zola joined her. He was soon joined by childhood friend Paul Cézanne, who painted the portrait, above. Mama Zola wanted her … Continue reading

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J’accuse

On January 13, 1898, Émile Zola blew the lid off the Dreyfus affair with his J’accuse letter. Alfred Dreyfus was a Jewish French military officer wrongfully tried, convicted, and sentenced to penal servitude for espionage. Zola’s letter, printed on the … Continue reading

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Le père de nous tous

The musée du Luxembourg is managed by the French Senate. As one might expect from the name, it is housed in a building adjacent to the Senate in the Palais du Luxembourg,  built by Marie de Medici. It features regularly … Continue reading

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