Tag Archives: Musée du Louvre

Une fleur bleue

Delacroix was arguably the greatest painter of the Romantic era. The musée Delacroix is located where the artist had his studio in a quiet courtyard on rue de Furstenberg near all the chic cafés on the Boulevard Saint-Germain des Prés . Right now, … Continue reading

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The biggest news on the art scene in Paris this month was the December 12 opening of the Louvre annex in Lens. This relatively small community in the Nord-Pas de Calais is joined to Paris by the high-speed train, the … Continue reading

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Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle

Today I’m doing another installment on my series about French Christmas carols with “Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle,” a traditional sixteenth century Provençal favorite. To In English, it appeared on the scene in the 18th century as “Bring a torch, Jeanette, … Continue reading

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Quelle est cette odeur agréable

Lately, I’ve been presenting some traditional French carols. Today’s Christmas carol, Quelle est cette odeur agréable (kel eh set odur a-gray-a-bluh), dates to the 17th century. It has been translated in English as Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing? I’d … Continue reading

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Minuit, chrétiens

When I was a kid, there was always a Christmas program at church. Certain people were known for their particularly beautiful renditions of their “signature” songs. A father-in-law/daughter-in-law duet of “O Holy Night” stands out as one of the memorable … Continue reading

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Les anges dans nos campagnes

Some French carols are more famous in their English translations than in the original. One of those is “Les anges dans nos campagnes,” known in English as “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Its origins are rather obscure, but it’s … Continue reading

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La Descente de Croix

How would you like to be part of art history? The Louvre is trying to raise 800,000 € by January 31, 2013 to buy two ivory statuettes from the 13th century (the two on the right in the photo, above). … Continue reading

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On peint avec le sentiment

French painter Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin was born on November 2, 1699 in Paris. He apprenticed with painters of historical works, considered to be the most prestigious genre of the time.  Chardin, however was best known for his still life paintings, in … Continue reading

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Les grands projets

(photo: Wikipedia) Former French president François Mitterand was born on October 26, 1916. His lasting legacy was a series of improvements to the monuments of Paris, known as les grands projets (lay grahn prozjay) or les grands travaux (lay grahn … Continue reading

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Dunes de sable

I’ve been back from France for two months now and I’m going into withdrawal. I need to be sent back for my own mental health. One of the stops I’d make tout de suite would be the new galleries at … Continue reading

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