Close up: Impression, Sunrise

One of the first museums to reopen after the quarantine was the Marmottan Monet Museum. During a visit to the museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet, I found myself face to face with one of  his first masterpiece: Impression, Sunrise.   Painted in 1872-73, it is undoubtedly one of […]

Women Artists: Rosa Bonheur

Famous French animal painter of the 19th century, particularly recognized in England and the United States, Rosa Bonheur led a life that was both eccentric and conventional, a life of freedom!

Focus on: Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh, son of a pastor, was born on March 30th 1853 in Zundert (Netherlands) An unstable child but gifted for drawing, Vincent has among his uncles the founder, in Paris, of the Goupil art gallery. In order to learn the art trade, Vincent was sent to the gallery’s branches in The Hague (1869) and then to those in Brussels and London (1873-1876). After a series of romantic setbacks, he takes refuge in mysticism and in writing letters to his brother Theo, which will be an outlet for the troubles of his soul. After several years of solitary wandering, painting takes precedence over preaching and he begins to paint at the age of 27!

Story of a myth: Hermaphrodite

Hermaphrodite was born from the love of Hermes, messenger of the gods, and Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. He was born as a boy and his name is the union of those of his two parents, he also inherited at his birth of the beauty of his parents. One day, he bathed in the lake of Carie, inhabited by the naiad Salmacis, she was charmed by him and fell in love with the handsome teenager, although he rejected all the advances of the nymph.

Story of a myth: Love and Psyche

A king had three daughters whose youngest, Psyche, was so beautiful that she was compared to Venus herself, whom she would have equalled and even surpassed. Venus, jealous and furious of this comparison, told her son Cupid (Eros or Love) to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest man on earth, striking her with one of his arrows. But seeing her, Cupid fell in love and instructed Zephir – the god of the westerly wind – to take her to his enchanted palace.

Focus on: Leonardo da Vinci

In 2019 we celebrate the 500 years anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, one of the most famous artist in the world.  Painter, inventor, engineer, scientist, humanist, philosopher, he is for many a universal spirit, which fascinates even 500 years later. Between the 15th century and the 16th century, he illustrates, and at times incarnates, the Renaissance, with its advances in the artistic field but also in science and, above all, in the scientific approach.

Close up: Wedding Feast at Cana

This painting by Paolo Veronese being my favorite painting in the Louvre Museum, had to be the first “Close up” artwork. A series of artworks that we will try to describe to you, giving you all the crispy details, and the often forgotten facts!

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