Tag Archives: Jean Jacques Rousseau

Remise en neuf

The House of Dior is going to restore the Queen’s House at le Hameau, the hamlet on the grounds behind le Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s residence at Versailles. This is where she and her ladies-in-waiting played milkmaid, inspired by Rousseau’s … Continue reading

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L’homme est né libre

I’ve been writing about the replicas of the Statue of Liberty you can find throughout France. Last time, I was focusing on those in Brittany. Switching to the other side of the country, to Roybon, near Grenoble, you will find … Continue reading

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Pour connaître les hommes, il faut les voir agir

Writer, musician, and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born June 28, 1712, is always associated with the French Enlightenment period, although he was born in Switzerland. His name is indivisible from the values of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. He … Continue reading

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Qu’ils mangent de la brioche

Let’s get one thing straight from the outset, Marie Antoinette, born November 2, 1755, did NOT say, “Let them eat cake.” Her full name was Maria Antonia Josephina Johanna and she was born an Archduchess of Austria. She was the … Continue reading

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À la perfection

French artist Maurice Quentin de La Tour was born on September 5, 1704. His pastel portraits sparkle with personality. As the premier portraitist of the Enlightenment, his subjects included Voltaire, Rousseau, Madame Pompadour, and Louis XV. His musician father disapproved … Continue reading

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