Book Reviews: Chanel, The Enigma

This is a really unusual book. As its preface explains, there have been many, many treatises written about Coco Chanel, her upbringing, her inspirations, her work. The author, Isabelle Fiemeyer, believes many writers have made unfounded...

Boutique Beat: Handmade Luxury Goods in Paris

Ever since Louis XIV organised artisans – from perfumers to saddlers – in guilds to serve his gargantuan palace, France has been a world leader in the design and production of handmade luxury goods. Now that France’s global behemoth brands (you...

Following the Heart: Warp and Weft, a Tapestry

This is the second installment of the author's "Following the Heart" series, which details her journeys inspired by an encounter with Dom Bede Griffiths, the English Benedictine monk from Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire who...

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque: Washington DC

In a special exhibition opening on February 4, The Phillips Collection in Washington presents an extraordinary selection of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s  iconic and rare printed works from nearly the entire period of his lithographic...
The Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre

Parisian Walkways: Forgotten Montmartre

Once the haunt of supremely influential artists, Montmartre somehow manages to retain its Belle Époque allure.  On a sunny Sunday afternoon in 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir set up his easel at an open-air café on the top of the Butte...

Following the Heart: Synchronicities along the Way

A few days after the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan I was sitting in Paris outside Shakespeare and Company, lifting my plummeting sugar levels with a wholly forgettable slice of pumpkin pie bought from...
Rodin, Ugolin et ses enfants

3 Must-See Sculpture Exhibitions in Paris this Winter

Looking at three very different points in time, three events in Paris to follow the evolution of sculpture... PICASSO – GIACOMETTI The Musée Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti present the first exhibition dedicated to the not always smooth dialogue between two major artists of...
Signe Chaumont

Museum Watch: Chaumont, Capital of Graphic Design

The first museum in France dedicated to graphic design, Le Signe international graphic design centre opened in October. The city of Chaumont is known for its international poster festival held every summer. The new centre reaffirms...

Family Holidays in France: Rentals to Suit You and Yours

France is a fabulous destination for family holidays. There is so much to do - outdoor activities; sights, cities and markets; excellent theme and water parks, along with great food. Holiday gites and villas...
Henri Fantin-Latour at the Musée du Luxembourg

Henri Fantin-Latour: Painting Silence at the Musée du Luxembourg

Once again the Musée du Luxembourg puts together a marvellous jewel of an exhibition that invites us to discover a chapter of art history we may not be so familiar with. Best known for his exquisite still-lifes and...