Tag Archives: Metropolitan Museum of Art


Since we moved to New England, we have enjoyed antiquing on Sundays. The weekend, we returned to a huge shop we last visited about a year ago, Salt Marsh Antiques. I’d been looking for some tall vases for the top … Continue reading

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Apprendre sur le tas

There are just a few weeks left in which to see the Vigée Le Brun exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York before it moves to Ottawa. We got there last weekend, and it was delightful. Prior to seeing the … Continue reading

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Qui a réussi tout seul

Starting on September 23, the Grand Palais in central Paris is hosting an exhibit about one of my favorite artists, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. She rose from modest origins to be the official portraitist of Queen Marie-Antoinette. Despite her … Continue reading

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Démêler le vrai du faux

A few weeks ago, we went up to New York for the day. I wanted to see the Jewels by JAR exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he-who-indulges-my-every-whim agreed to come along. It had been receiving lots of … Continue reading

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La Dame à la licorne

The beautiful Cloisters, a wing of New York’s Metropolitan Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary with an appropriate special exhibit: Search for the Unicorn from now until August 18, 2013. In 1938, John D. Rockefeller gave the unicorn tapestries that … Continue reading

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La Femme à Paris

Several months ago, I wrote about an exhibit at the musée d’Orsay that married the paintings of the Impressionists with the fashions shown in them. It’s now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and I treated myself … Continue reading

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Drôle de frimousse

Diana Vreeland, the high-priestess of fashion at Vogue magazine from 1962 to 1971, was born Diana Dalziel on July 29, 1903 in Paris. Neither of her parents were French – her mother was American and her father British; Vreeland’s birth … Continue reading

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La conversation mondaine

Until August 19, 2012, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is hosting a special exhibit entitled Impossible Conversations. The premise is a conversation between Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 – 1973) and Miuccia Prada (1949) that never took place. The … Continue reading

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Faire le pont

French painter Paul Cézanne was born January 19, 1839. He was the artistic bridge between the Impressionists of the late 19th century and the Cubists of the early 20th century.  When he moved to Paris from Aix-en-Provence, he attended law … Continue reading

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Trop verte et mal éclairé

French painter François Boucher was born on September 29, 1703. Synonymous with the Roccoco style of rosy, round nudes, nature scenes, and charming domestic interiors, Boucher also often painted his patroness, Madame de Pompadour, the mistresses of Louis XV. Boucher won … Continue reading

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