Paris

The Forgotten Master: Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was a French Rococo painter and printmaker, born on April 5th 1732 in Grasse in the south of France. He trained in Paris with Chardin and then later Boucher. Fragonard is considered as one of the all-time masters of French painting, with his unique handling of colour coupled with expressive and confident brush strokes, […]

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The Art of Seduction: Giacomo Casanova

Giacomo Casanova, Venetian adventurer and writer, was born on April 2nd 1725 in the Republic of Venice. During the 18th century for Casanova, as well as other upper class nobles, love and sex tended to be casual and not attached to the serious characteristics of the Romanticism era that followed in the latter part of the 18th […]

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Henri Matisse

Today, along with the preparations for the New Year’s Eve festivities, we are celebrating the 142nd birthday of one of the most prominent figures in modern art – Henri Matisse. Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, on 31 December 1869.  Having studied law and worked in a law office in Paris, Matisse discovered his passion […]

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Claude Monet – The Creator of Impressionism

“Light is the principal person in the picture” (Claude Monet) The French painter Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840. His work was so revolutionary and created so much impact that until today it is difficult not to place him as one of the greatest painters of all times. Monet was one of the […]

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Marie Curie

Today we are celebrating the birthday of one of the greatest women in history – Mme Marie Sklodowska Curie, the Polish-French physicist and chemist who shook the scientific world with her achievements in the beginning of the 20th century. “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”  Marie Curie is […]

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Rare photographs of fashion designer Coco Chanel

“I don’t do fashion, I am fashion“, once said Coco Chanel. Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) is one of the most influential designers in the history of fashion. Her influence on fashion was so profound that she was the only person in the couturier field to be in Time […]

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