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 […]

Close up: Olympia

The undisputed icon of modern art, now at the Musée d’Orsay, caused a scandal in its time. Why that? Because it was an image of a real woman, while the painting itself was following the codes of great paintings… Let me explain!

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!

Women artists : Artemisia Gentileschi

Why have Art Historians chosen to ignore women artists for so long? Is it because their work is not as interesting? Or because there are few works of women artists? Or is it a reflection of a social thought that women could not work in the public sphere? Women’s art has often been described as a sentimental art, an amateur art compared to men’s art.

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!