Tag Archives: Musée du Louvre

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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Faire entendre sa voix

French sculptor Charles Antoine Coysevox (kwa-zuh-vo) was born on September 29, 1640. He was an early bloomer, producing his first statue of note when he was only 17. Fortunately for him, he caught the eye of Charles Le Brun, the … Continue reading

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Le Radeau de la Méduse

The painter of one of the most famous works of the Romantic era, Frenchman Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault was born on September 26, 1791. He abandoned his formal art studies to copy masters at the Louvre for five years. He was also … Continue reading

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Tout est perdu sauf l’honneur

King François I, the original Renaissance man, was born on September 12, 1494. During his formative years, ideas from the Italian renaissance were percolating across the border, which greatly influenced the education of the young man. When François took the … Continue reading

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Salé et sucré

If you’re in the neighborhood of the Louvre and you’re looking for a simple, unpretentious place for a quick bite, check out Crêperie Saint Eustache (2 rue Sauval). I usually eat here at least once when I’m in Paris. The … Continue reading

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