The black model, from Géricault to Matisse

30/04/2019

The black model, from Géricault to Matisse

 

In 1791, shortly after the French Revolution, a first decree to abolish slavery was proclaimed, a historical breaking point that marked the emergence of the “black model” in Western art, including portraits of emancipated black individuals such as Thomas Alexandre Dumas painted by Louis Gauffier or Madeleine by Marie-Guillemine Benoist. While these works gradually occupy an important place in the artistic space created by the political and social revolution of the time, they also reflect the ambiguities of their time. Driven by three key moments – the time of the abolition of slavery (1794-1848), the time of the New Painting (Manet, Bazille, Degas, Cézanne) and the time of the first avant-garde of the 20th century – this exhibition offers a new perspective on a subject that has been neglected for too long: the important contribution of black people and figures to the history of art. The objective is therefore to give back to all these “black models”, great forgotten in the narrative of modernity; a name, a history, a visibility.

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One of the first artists to show his involvement in this fraternal struggle was Géricault, with his famous painting, Le Radeau de la Méduse, which relates the fateful colonial expedition of the frigate La Méduse in the summer of 1816, off the coast of Mauritania. Indeed, if the first sketch of the painting strikes by the absence of any black person, the final composition has three: by multiplying the black figures in his painting, Géricault thus summarizes his fight for abolitionism. We know that he used the famous Joseph model for his paintings, originally from Haiti, also represented by Théodore Chassériau. Known by his only first name, Joseph was one of the most famous artist models of the 19th century, spotted by Chassériau in an acrobat troupe and became the official model of the École des Beaux-Arts.

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In the fight against slavery, art also becomes a means of denouncing what victims of an inhuman system endure. Marcel Verdier, a student of Ingres, was refused his Châtiment des quatre piquets at the 1843 Salon. The painting lifts the veil on colonial reality, breaking taboos; a visual shock that makes it possible to raise public awareness and make them feel guilty by confronting them with their own indifference or passivity. Thus, the spectacle of humanity under irons, martyred and suffering an atrocious fate, was widely exploited in the 1840s. It was not until the abolition of slavery in the colonies in 1848 that this symbolic measure was finally celebrated with paintings in which blacks and whites were gathered, where the jubilation of the liberated, the broken chains and fraternal unity could finally be expressed, as Nicolas Gosse’s painting, L’esclave affranchi.

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Later, in the 19th century, artists wanted to detach themselves from the stereotypes associated with black characters and represent them in the manner of intimate and individualized portraits: it was in this way that Baudelaire chose to represent Jeanne Duval, who had Haitian origins and who would share her life from 1842 onwards, marking her bewitching presence with Les Fleurs du Mal and the poet’s designs. Several of Baudelaire’s works evoke and represent her; the one he calls “the feline”, a beauty that is sometimes pleasant and sometimes disturbing… But painting and literature are not the only arts in which we find more and more black personalities: the performing arts scene includes many artists from the United States or the Caribbean. Among them we can mention the Havana musician Maria Martinez, the Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge, the virtuoso pianist Blind Tom, the aerial acrobat Miss La La La, represented by Degas, as well as the clown Rafael known as Chocolat, star of the Moulin Rouge with his white partner Foottit.

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After the 1960s, jazz and the musical and artistic culture born in the Harlem district of the United States came into being. Many intellectuals like Du Bois, Alain Locke, musicians like Louis Armstrong or Billie Holliday… defend a modern and urban black culture that fascinates French artists like Matisse himself will be fascinated by New York, its skyscrapers, its light and its “musicals”. The Renaissance Harlem and pop and today destroy taboos and stereotypes such as the reinterpretation of Manet’s famous Olympia, where it is no longer a white woman and a black servant but a black woman and a white servant who compose the work, all the references being then reversed.

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If you would like us to organise a personalized visit of the Musée d’Orsay for you with a passionate and qualified guide, do not hesitate any longer and contact us!

Notre-Dame de Paris : une Histoire gravée dans la pierre

24/04/2019

Notre-Dame de Paris : une Histoire gravée dans la pierre

 

La cathédrale Notre-Dame surplombe la ville de Paris depuis plus de 850 ans. Elle se dresse majestueusement au cœur de l’Ile de la Cité, centre historique de la ville de Paris. Pilier des arts et foyer de la chrétienté, Notre-Dame est un monument cher à tous. Notre cathédrale, fleuron du patrimoine français, se dresse comme un symbole gravé dans la pierre, de notre histoire et de notre culture. Véritable joyau de l’architecture gothique, elle a été consacrée en 1163 et avait résisté jusqu’ici à de nombreuses menaces de destruction au cours des guerres qui ont dévasté la France. Malheureusement, et de la façon la plus triste et bouleversante, elle n’a pu résister au violent incendie qui s’est déclaré dans la nuit du 15 au 16 avril. Si les dégâts ont été considérables, la structure de la cathédrale a pu être sauvée et préservée dans sa globalité. Épisode traumatisant de ces derniers jours, nous retiendrons surtout le formidable élan de solidarité et d’émotion qui a rassemblé chrétiens, parisiens, français et étrangers autour de l’Ile de la Cité, pour se recueillir, prier, témoigner à travers les nombreuses photos qui ont pu circuler, ou tout simplement être présent dans un moment, qui, nous l’avons ressenti, restera un moment marquant de l’Histoire.

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Avec bonheur, nous pouvons toujours admirer la façade occidentale de Notre-Dame, avec ses trois portes riches en décorations symboliques et éléments bibliques, qui ornent celle qui reste l’une des plus belles églises gothiques du monde. La porte centrale est connue comme le portail du Jugement dernier, la porte sud comme le portail de Sainte Anne et enfin, le portail de la Vierge au nord. Sous la balustrade, la spectaculaire galerie des rois, avec ses 28 statues représentant les rois de Juda, s’étend le long d’une large frise horizontale. Malgré la destruction de la flèche à cause de l’incendie, les deux impressionnants clochers du XIIIe siècle s’élèvent encore dans le ciel de Paris. De même, la sublime rosace de la façade sud, a miraculeusement survécu au désastre : ses 13 mètres de verre étincelant et coloré continuent de resplendir à la lumière du jour, révélant et éclairant d’une manière unique la majesté de l’architecture médiévale de l’édifice. La voûte qui la surplombe de ses 33 mètres de haut, malgré les piliers impressionnants qui la soutiennent, semble défier la gravité elle-même.

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L’incendie aurait pu détruire les reliques précieuses conservées dans la cathédrale, mais celles-ci ont pu être sauvées de justesse ! Le Trésor de Notre Dame de Paris se trouvait dans la sacristie au sud du chœur, il a pu être transféré le soir de l’accident à la Mairie de Paris puis sera mis en sécurité au Louvre. La plus précieuse des reliques, la Sainte Couronne d’épines, posée selon la croyance des catholiques, sur la tête de Jésus peu avant sa crucifixion, a pu être sauvée des flammes. Deux autres reliques, un morceau de la Croix et un clou de la Passion, ont été sauvés ainsi que la tunique de Saint Louis. Le grand orgue du XVe siècle est lui aussi sauvé, même si sa structure a souffert, recouverte par des gravats, de la poussière et de l’eau. Quelque 13 millions de visiteurs affluaient chaque année pour voir ces objets, les plus précieux et les plus vénérés de la cathédrale… Aujourd’hui il n’est plus possible de visiter Notre Dame, qui restera en travaux pendant quelques années. Cependant, ne vous privez pas pour autant de la visite de l’île de la Cité et de l’île Saint Louis, qui représentent le cœur de la capitale, son centre historique cerclé d’eau. Les deux îles parisiennes, portent les marques visibles et encore flamboyantes d’un temps où Paris se nommait encore Lutèce, et révèlent à l’air libre leur beauté insubmersible.

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Si vous souhaitez vous promener au cœur de ses îles et admirer le temps d’une balade, les monument historiques et majestueux, les jolies petites rues authentiques et les délicieux restaurants qu’elles recèlent, accompagnés d’un guide passionné et passionnant, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter et à regarder notre proposition de visite !

The Eiffel Tower: 130 years of de splendor

03/04/2019

The Eiffel Tower: 130 years of splendor

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We are in the Paris of the Belle Époque, on the occasion of the 1889 Universal Exhibition. The French Ministry of Industry and Commerce is organising a competition to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution and Gustave Eiffel, an engineer and industrialist, wants to take up the challenge, with the ambition of building a “tower more than a thousand feet high”, a bold project that haunts all architects of the time. Indeed, no building has ever reached such a height, and Gustave Eiffel must fight to defend the project he is carrying out with his collaborators, Émile Nouguier and Maurice Kœchlin.

    

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However, his project was unanimously accepted, he won over the other candidates and obtained an agreement with the government in 1887, which granted him a prime location on the banks of the Seine and in the very centre of the city of Paris. The work necessary beforehand to allow the construction of the tower is titanic and frightens the Parisians, who wonder about the impossible achievement of a scale never seen before… But they are quickly amazed by the rapid progress of the site and the appearance of one floor, then another, seeming to defy the laws of gravity. The spectators watch, dazed, as this magnificent building is elevated, at an impressive rate of twelve metres per month.  Bernard Marray, Gustave Eiffel’s great admirer, evokes in one of these works this “amazing technical feat” and its “remarkable speed of execution”. Indeed, it is only at the end of two years, two months and five days that the tower, “the highest in the world” is finally inaugurated.

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On 31 March 1889, Gustave Eiffel took up the challenge and signed a masterpiece of architecture, which soon became the symbol of the city of Paris. He himself raised the french flag at the top of the Tower in the presence of the Director of the Universal Exhibition, some of his collaborators and the great personalities of the Government and the City of Paris. All are dazzled by this prodigious building. The celebration then continues at the foot of the Tower where Gustave Eiffel pays tribute to his teams and in particular to the 300 workers who built, later called the Iron Lady. It should be noted that at its birth, the Tower was red in colour!

“I have just experienced a great satisfaction, that of having flown our national flag on the tallest building man has ever built” Gustave Eiffel

 

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The Eiffel Tower was a massive success and was the main attraction of the 1889 Exhibition. In the first week after its completion, nearly 30,000 visitors climbed the 1710 steps to reach the summit, which offers an extraordinary view of the city. Elevators only come into service later, but they also represent real technical feats. The height of the Eiffel Tower allowed it to obtain the title of “the highest structure in the world” until 1930, when it was to be deconstructed at the end of the Universal Exhibition, and when we thought it was an ephemeral masterpiece… The Iron Lady still stands before our dazzled eyes, and today celebrates her 130th birthday.

We would be more than happy to show you our beautiful Eiffel Tower during a VIP tour: if you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us here.

 

The Louvre Pyramid celebrates its 30th anniversary

29/03/2019

The Louvre Pyramid celebrates its 30th anniversary

As an iconic Parisian monument, the Louvre has been enthroned in the centre of Paris for more than 200 years, and is today the largest art and antiquities museum in the world. It has a long history of artistic and historical conservation, from the Ancien Régime to the present day. But what about this amazing glass Pyramid, which stands in front of the museum ?


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Designed by the renowned Sino-American architect, Ieoh Ming Pei, author of one of the wings of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the project was to build a new large entrance to the Louvre, in order to accommodate the growing number of visitors and at the same time to redesign the museum’s interior. Announced in September 1981 by the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, this project, which takes the name “Grand Louvre”, aims to restore the entire Palais du Louvre to the museum, since the Richelieu wing was once occupied by the offices of the Ministry of Finance. In 1983, Ieoh Ming Pei was appointed by the President to develop this major project, which would revolutionize the image of the Louvre Museum by giving it a whole new dimension, both nationally and internationally.

More than an architectural project, the Pyramid has proved to be a real challenge. Its glass construction represents a technological prodigy; a crazy challenge for its author… This one takes up the exact proportions of the famous Pyramid of Cheops, a choice of figure that reminds us of the Obélisque already present not far from the museum, Place de la Concorde, but also the fabulous collection of Egyptian antiquities that makes the Louvre so rich. However, the architect is demanding and ambitious, he wants his Pyramid to be so transparent that it allows the Louvre stone to be seen as if nothing was in front of him. However, seeking perfect transparency proved to be a difficult challenge for engineers, who finally gave birth to a range of special glass for construction, which will be called the “Diamond” range. In fact, with its 673 glass plates, the Pyramid of the Louvre shines like a gigantic diamond, which brings a magnificent light to the site and allows the museum to enjoy it. For its 35.42 metres wide and 21.34 metres high, the Pyramid consists of 95 tonnes of steel and 105 tonnes of aluminium that support all glass tiles.

Very feared by Parisians at the time, the Pyramid of the Louvre became perfectly integrated into the Palais and has today become the symbol of the museum and an essential part of Parisian heritage. It has recently become the playground of the famous street-artist JR, who by a gigantic collage had achieved a masterstroke in 2016, making the Pyramid disappear completely from the eyes of visitors. This year, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Pyramid, he returns with a project of the same scale, since this time the objective is to create an optical illusion around the Pyramid to make it “come out of the ground” and “reveal the secret of its foundation” through an immense collage on the ground. In addition to this extraordinary artistic creation, the Louvre is planning some thirty events until February 2010 to celebrate the glass monument.

 

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All you have to do is come and admire this iconic Pyramid and take the opportunity to visit the famous Louvre Museum accompanied by an art history enthusiast… Do not hesitate any longer and visit the offer page, or contact us to live a unique experience in the heart of Parisian culture.

Oriental visions : from dreams into light

19/03/2019

Oriental visions : from dreams into light

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In Paris, the Marmottan-Monet Museum is presenting, from March 7 to July 21, 2019, the exhibition “L’Orient des peintres, du rêve à la lumière”. With some sixty masterpieces from the most important public and private collections in Europe and the United States (Louvre Museum, Musée d’Orsay, Musée des Augustins in Toulouse, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich, the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection in Madrid, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown), the exhibition aims to reveal through this journey to the Orient the painters view on this fantasy world. Indeed, carried by the impetuous breath of Napoleonic conquests, European painters have fantasized the East, sometimes even before having experiencied it througt travel.

 

What we notice when we visit the exhibition is that travel in the East is inextricably linked to the sensuality of the female figure, represented by Ingres and Delacroix in the early days of modern art, but also to the experience of a unique landscape and a light that shocks the eyes and takes us to another world, far from Paris. The exhibition presented at the Musée Marmottan-Monet shows its visitors two themes: figures and landscapes. The exhibition takes us on a journey through the Mediterranean East, allowing us to admire representations of an oriental feminine beauty in all its sensuality, but also to immerse ourselves totally in an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of the oriental courts, thanks to the play of light and colour.

 

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The paintings reveal themselves to us as windows opening onto an arid desert, a lush jungle or a fountain of fresh water in an Ottoman setting of blue mosaics. Some paintings such as La Petite Baigneuse or La Grande Odalisque by Ingres testify to the painter’s bewitchment by the classic orientalist beauty and embody a dream of ideal female beauty fantasized for its sensuality and the eroticism of a body imbued with fantasies. In the same way, the places appear nestled with an aura of dream and desire, notably the representation of Jules Migonnay’s Bain Maure or the Édouard Debat-Ponsan’s Massage,scène de hammam, whose contrast of the black and white bodies earned him his scandalous fame during his exhibition in 1865.

 

 

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However, other painters tend to distance themselves from the representation of an idealized Orient and try to give us a reality, less dreamed, less fantasized but very real: that of the desert, of aridity, of stifling heat, of thirst and sometimes even of death. Eugène Fromentin in his painting of La Rue de Bab-el-Gharbi à Laghouat presents a painting divided in two, shadow and light, death and life. In the dark part, he depicts bodies lying on the ground, probably seeking refuge in the limited freshness of the street shadow.

 

 

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Further on in the exhibition, we are projected into lush settings: Renoir’s Champ de Bananiersand other paintings where the jungle dominates as far as the eye can see, a strange feeling of smallness in the face of a nature as bewitching as it is hostile. Turning your head you can also admire Albert Marquet’s view of a Mer calme, which finally makes you realize the paradoxical atmosphere of the East as it is imagined and experienced by European painters: a sensual Orient, lascivious and kingdom of life, which can also turn into an arid and inhospitable land, in which man navigates between dreams and nightmares…

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Make fashion yours

27/07/2018

This week, under the burning Parisian sun, we have met our fashionable partner, a personal stylist and a personal shopper. We strolled around the emblematic Marais distirct, entering in a few boutiques and then interviewed Aloïs in the gardens of the Hôtel de Soubise.

Discover Paris fashion, Marais district or others and their myriad of boutiques. Guided by Aloïs, Parisian chic will be no mystery for you!

Discover the art of fashion, style and latest trends through a shopping tour in Paris, from the Marais district to more luxurious shops, feel free to choose your own environment.

To organise the tour, click here.

Sophie de la Bigne et le savoir-vivre à la française

27/07/2018

An exclusive interview on a French “savoir-vivre” coach.

A lesson of excellence.

ArtLuxury had the great chance to interview Sophie de la Bigne, our elegant coach in French “savoir vivre” and “étiquette”.
In this video she shows us how to lay a table in the “règles de l’art”, according to the rules which were set in Versailles a few centuries ago.
Etiquette and protocol will soon have no more secrets for you!

Participate to an exceptional dinner in an exclusive restaurant where you will be guided throughout the dinner by a passionate specialist of the “Parisian chic ” which is known the world over. Expert for more than two decades in French good manners, she will unlock for you the unwritten codes of proper conduct at dinner in French high society.

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Dancing with Picasso and Rodin

Dancing with Picasso and Rodin

27/07/2018

This summer, emblematic Parisian museums gave themselves the word: Rodin and Picasso have been put on a pedestral in the museum Rodin as well as in the Garnier Opera. Several works of both artists are being exposed, all having the same theme: dance. ArtLuxury went to admire these masterpieces and takes you to meet these painters who managed to give life to motionless statues and paintings.

Even if these exhibitions have similar names: ” Rodin and the dance ” and ” Picasso and the dance “, they are far from being alike. The artists explore the theme of dance from almost opposite manners. One tries to capture the movement on an immobile support while the other one participates in the creation of decorations and costumes for ballet performances. Let yourself be guided in this atmosphere of bliss and euphoria, discovering the masterpieces of these emblematic artists.

Everything started in the Rodin museum, it is at the heart of the seventh district that we can admire the famous Thinker of the sculptor. The talent of the artist does not stop at this masterpiece, Rodin has also created numerous sculptures representing ” movements of dance “.

 

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From 1890s, new experiences transformed the art of dance, far from codified entertainment it was before. Sensitive about those innovations, Rodin is interested in exceptional personalities, among whom Loïe Fuller and Hanako. One of the climax of these meetings is his encounter with Cambodian dancers in representation in Paris for the World Fair. At their departure, Rodin will say that ” they took the beauty of the world with them “. The complicity shared with these people brings Rodin to unite dance and sculpture. He is fascinated in all types of dances, from regional or oriental folk dances, cabaret dancers, to personalities of the contemporary dance.

What is fascinating in the masterpieces of Rodin, is his ease to represent movement. Gesture is neither smoothed, nor schematized, but melted, recomposed, every decomposition of the body is present, penciled, modelled there in itself before becoming movements. Rodin seized dance in his essence, as it appeared to him during shows, more at the peace, in his studio, a model taking the pose. The exhibition puts forward various Movements of dance, it redraws all the researches and experiments realized by Rodin. Expressing the life of bodies, translating their energy and the human effort which it demands, this is what the artist searched for.

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Whereas Rodin studies the movements and the body as if it was almost a mathematical structure, Picasso has a completely different approach, he contributed to ballets.

We knew that Picasso had met his first wife, Olga, in the troop of the Russian ballets. But what we ignored, it is that he had created his first decorations and theatrical costumes for the same Russian ballets, in the 1915s, at the request of Jean Cocteau.

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In this exhibition, we can discoverer many creations of Picasso around the universe of  ballet but also how it influenced the artist in his  works. For example, he was asked to create costumes for a Spanish ballet named “Tricorne” , with the music of Manuel de Falla. Pablo Picasso created typical Spanish costumes of Sévillanes with mantillas. Further in his life, we can observe how dance inspired him in his works, even in scenes of bullfight.

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From dancers of circus, erotic dancers to scenes of bacchanalia, everything seems to be a pretext to represent bodies in movement. The danced movements are omnipresent in the work of the artist, sometimes going as far as being present in his artistic process.

These two very different exhibitions show us how dance inspired these artists, colourful and in discoveries they knew how to make dance Paris during all summer!

 

To discover the mysteries of the Opéra Garnier, let yourself be guided by a historian who will tell you all the secrets of this marvelous place, click here for more information.

Laurence de Marliave: an artist embodying tradition and modernity

Laurence de Marliave: an artist embodying tradition and modernity

04/07/2018

Here comes the second edition of the Exceptional Rendez-Vous, we have met our sparkling and creative partner: Laurence de Marliave. Great painter and genius teacher, she has been studying at the Penninghen School of graphical arts, she then remarkably graduated the Beaux Art of Paris, becoming a gifted and skilled painter. In an exclusive interview, we ask Laurence about her thrilling job and passion.

What is your creative process?

I draw and paint every day, like a pianist practices his fingering. When I walk in the streets or when I take the metro, I try to imagine how I would draw people and things which surround me.

I really give a great importance to real life drawing, I think that it is crucial to create in live. Whereas many artists take pictures of what they want to paint, I think that doing this takes away the spontaneity of the artwork. The emotions are less powerful, the representations are less authentic and the movements seem cold and inanimate.

I think that instead of using technologies, we have to trust our own memory and inspiration.

In my pictorial work, a few characteristics stand out. What I really enjoy is creating structures. In front of a white canvas, I love to organize the space. I am passionate by architecture. I keep asking myself this question: “How can I represent structure on a flat material?” This is quite challenging!

I also give a great importance to light, chiaroscuro is most of the time present in my works. I enjoy mixing colors, they create the light and they make the art piece seem alive.

 

Have you been influenced by any artists or art periods?

I am passionate about the great Dutch artists. I love Vermeer for the calm and serenity which come out of the interiors he painted. We can find a lot of windows in his paintings, he has the talent to fill his interiors with light.

My favorite work of Vermeer is the Geographer, the character looks at a world map. He is probably standing in a room in Holland and is dreaming about travelling.

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Why did you decide to travel?

This time, I was influenced by Delacroix and his sketchbook. I had the opportunity to travel all around the world. I had the chance to visit many countries like China, Italy, Greece, Russia and this year to discover Iran.

The work of keeping a carnet de voyage requires capturing emotions and impressions of the moment that you are painting. It is real life painting, in front of the object or the subject. It is a way to get in contact with the inhabitants of the countries I visit. I am determined that art is a universal language.

From the moment I started painting on my sketchbook, children came around to see, mothers who looked for their children came too. At the end, it was the whole village which came together. Yes, art brings people together.

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You spend your life painting and travelling, your life must be exciting?

We often have the image of the artist, standing alone in his studio, trying to find inspiration. I think that art is before anything else a transmission and a way to express ourselves. This is why I teach art. I try to communicate my passion to people. In the Atelier de l’Étoile, there are between seventy and ninety students coming per year. For them, art is a way to get away from their busy daily life. They take the time to breathe and to be creative. It is a great way to forget just for an hour everything which annoys you.

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How would you describe your work?

My work? I would not say it is a work, I would call it a labor. It is hard. I constantly need to find inspiration, it is a work of perseverance. I is also out of the time since I do not see the time when I paint. It requires real commitment, I would say that it is a vocation.

It seems that in France, people are monomaniacs about conceptual art. I think that it is a shame that it is so much explored whereas there are so many different areas waiting to be discovered. I think that we need to go abroad in order to be more open-minded.

I think that I am both part of traditional and modern art. My aim is not to shock, I want to communicate beauty and emotions.

 

ArtLuxury offers you the great opportunity to spend some time with a genuine French artist. Have you always dreamed to capture Paris? ArtLuxuyry gives you the great opportunity to capture the city of lights…on a canva!

Here is our selection:

Meet a Parisian artist: this established painter and teacher will greet you in her studio near the Etoile and the Champs Elysées, 

Become an artist: Become an artist: penetrate an artist’s workshop and enter her universe to create your own work (which you may keep) in the manner of Van Gogh, Matisse, Bakusen and other major French and Dutch painters.

Artist in the making: this ludicrous and pedagogic approach will enable your children to leave with their own paintings and/or posters.

 

For more bespoke arrangements, contact us.

Fragonard museum: emblematic of the French art de vivre

Fragonard museum: emblematic of the French art de vivre

07/06/2018

In the midst of a hectic Paris there lies a place filled with tranquility and calmness; the Square Louis Jouvet. In the middle of the grand Haussmann buildings there stands a statue of a poet riding a Pegasus. Nothing is more inspiring than that!

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It is on this small street where we can find the Fragonard museum. This world-renowned perfumery house opens their doors to us and invites us to discover the magical art of perfumes. As soon as we enter the museum we are immediately met  with exhalations of various scents, inviting us to an unforgettable journey.

ArtLuxury Experience has visited this magical world of French perfume, and we invite you to be transported to a memorable olfactory experience, so get ready to discover all the secrets of this famous perfumery.

Created by the great grandson of the founder of Fragonard, Jean-François Costa, the museum houses numerous perfumery objects in their collection. Due to his passion of perfume he decided to collect rare pieces, mostly perfume bottles coming from all historical periods: from ancient Egypt to present day. Perfume bottles have evolved tremendously over time; from simple containers in ancient  Greece they have today become the center of modern marketing strategies.

We are told, during our visit, various anecdotes concerning the use of perfume by our ancestors. We learned in the Middle Age people who used perfume thought it would protect them from catching the plague. During the time of King Louis XIV, courtiers over used this precious liquid: instead of washing themselves with soap and water, they cleaned their skin with their eau de toilette!

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The visit continues and we are transported into the universe of perfume creation. It is in Grasse, the world capital city of perfume, where the Fragonard perfumery was born. It was just before the beginning of World War One that Eugène Fuchs decided to start his own perfume company. Creative and ambitious, he came up with a new concept; directly selling his perfume products to clients and visitors. In tribute to the famous painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (17-1806), a Grasse native, the founder of the perfumery decided to call the company Fragonard. The choice of the name expressed his desire to run his business in accordance with French traditions.

Then, we are taught the different techniques used to extract flower essence. After the extraction, they are mixed with other various essences resulting in an exceptional aromatic bouquet. Numbers are gigantic: to produce one liter of rose essence, at least three tones of flowers are needed. Later, we are given a small lesson on the structure of perfume. A perfume is divided into three classes according to the scents that can be sensed in different periods of time after the application. We first have the “top note”, the scent which can be sensed immediately after the perfume is applied. Then, there is the “middle note”, the one which appears as soon as the “top note” disappears. It characterizes the perfume. Finally, we have the “base note”, it dissipates gradually and fixes the perfume to make it last in time. Perfume is therefore not an immovable entity, it adapts and evolves depending on its surroundings.

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After going around a room exposing a large number of perfume flasks labels, we are being led to a counter on which displays the most famous perfumes of the house. We got the opportunity to smell but also to guess the different essences used for its creation. To the most common smells like rose or lavender to more unusual ones like black pepper or marshmallow. After this blind test, we had the chance to attend a short perfume application lesson. We are told not to rub our skin with perfume since it breaks the molecules of the scent. Two “pschitt” on your wrist are enough, you then delicately need to apply the rest of the perfume on your neck and behind your ears. Perfume has no secret for us now!

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To conclude with this visit, we were free to wander around the boutique where we could smell all of Fragonard’s famous perfumes. Visiting this place was unforgettable, everything is beautiful, for the nose as well as for the eyes: a real sensory delight!

It is undeniable, Fragonard Perfumery embodies perfectly the French art de vivre.

ArtLuxury Experience would be delighted to offer this unique experience: starting with a visit of this museum you will be then invited to a workshop in which you will have the opportunity to become a nose the time of a perfume composition. Guided by a professor, create by yourself your eau de toilette. Mix different essences depending on your taste in order to create a unique scent: your own.

Interested? To take part in this unforgettable experience click here.

Constance Guisset, design actio !

Constance Guisset, design actio !

19/02/2018

About Constance Guisset

 

Born in 1976, Constance Guisset is a French contemporary designer well known in the design World.

After studying economics at ESSEC and politics at Sciences Po Paris, she turned herself towards industrial design studying at ENSCI.

Very versatile, Constance Guisset is as talented in design as she is in installation and scenography. With a subtle and delicious touch of impertinence, she likes to take action, create, respond to demand, sidestep it, and sometimes provoke it too.

Besides, she won many prizes in design and scenography such as Paris Grand Design Prize, Creator of the year – Maison&Objet, Designer’s Days price for best scenography, Wallpaper prize “Best Use of Color”, …

She has worked in collaboration with big design studios all around the World and today is showcased in many museums such as Centre Pompidou and is demanded for exhibitions scenography. She also works in collaboration with famous brands like Monoprix or Cyrillus.

 

 

About the exhibition

 

In the heart of Paris cultural center, the musée des Arts Décoratifs welcomes you after the huge success of Dior exhibition to dream through Constance Guisset’s work.

Just in between the very famous Louvres museum and the wonderful Tuileries garden, this institution in located in a magical and historical neighborhood.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

 

After having worked a lot in collaboration with the musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris signing some of their most beautiful exhibitions scenography, Constance Guisset is finally exhibiting in her own right.

Upon this exhibition, she is showing us her own approach of design and her vision of our contemporary World in a very innovative and surprising way. She organized the visit like if it was a home and transformed the museums units into living rooms. For each, she thought about a specific action which is peculiar to this place and brainstormed some keywords around the subject. For instance, the hall is ruled by the action of welcoming.

exposition Constance Guisset design actio

 

The exhibition is divided in two parts, Museum Life and The Life of Objects.

 

In the first part, each room shows traditional art pieces from Middle Age, Renaissance and French Monarchy such as tapestries, furniture, crockeries, wooden friezes and sculptures. Always thinking about the room atmosphere and purpose, Constance Guisset confronted these historical pieces with contemporary objects she made. What is more, she made objects converse with each other revealing design history in a very humorous and educative way. For example, you’ll find in a room a 16th century canopy bed discussing on sleep history with its nephew, the PLUME bed, one of her own creations which is more of a modulate object. At the end, you’ll have a view on how our expectations of living has evolved upon the centuries.

Constance Guisset, design actio au musée des arts décoratifs

The second part, still following action words, focuses more on her own creations. More of a succession of rooms and surprises, this part invites the visitor to participate and live the experience of the room atmosphere. First room is about the action Captivating and was transformed into a magical immersive installation with lamps playing with light and shadows. Then you enter the living room where you can have a sit on coaches, chairs or footstools and take some time to read, draw, discuss with people around, all in all to take some time to live in together. Moreover, visitors are invited to open some closets and uncover real contemporary cabinets of curiosities.

For the end of this part you’ll pass by diverse rooms walking through corridors entirely overwhelmed by her studies and researches, offering to you a creative journey inside her universe.

 

In conclusion, considering that design is the art that reflects its time, Constance Guisset presents you her creative process. More than an exhibition, this is an exclusive experience that we totally recommend. This exhibition is perfect for a family outing and will make dream, laugh and think everyone from any generation.

 

This exhibition ends on march 11th, don’t wait until then! For an exclusive and private tour experience, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Exhibition : Degas, Danse, Dessin

Exhibition : Degas, Danse, Dessin

12/02/2018

To know about Degas :

French painter and sculptor, Degas (1834-1917) is known to be one of the most important representatives of Impressionism. His innovative compositions and movement particular analysis lift him above the others.

He studied at the famous Ecole des Beaux Arts and became a brilliant drawer which will always be specific to his art.

However, whereas his contemporaries where mostly interested about landscapes, Degas was more focusing his paintings on figures.

Fascinated by ballet, Degas has worked a lot about shows, considering them like the perfect exercise for drawing fast movement and spatial composition.

Going behind the scene, Degas will discover, through the dancers’ intimacy, and paint a very interesting and critical contrast between, on the one hand the magic of costumes and performances, and on the other hand, the dancers’ actual social situation.

 

Exhibition :

Orsay Museum presents you a 20-years-old friendship between a painter and a writer which was for both an engine for creativity. Referring to the book of Paul Valery Degas Danse Dessin, this exhibition offers the opportunity to have a new perspective on the famous painter through the eyes of his friend and famous poet.

Guided by the forgotten book of Paul Valéry, you discover the complementarity of both arts. You can see some quotes illustrating sculptures and paintings, drawings of Valéry’s writing hand by Degas, illustrations for the writer’s book, pictures, …

 

Travelling through Degas universe, you will have a look on a big variety of techniques and works such as nude sketches, drawings, studies, paintings, sculptures. …

This exhibition helps you understand step by step how from nude sketches, Degas interested himself to gesture, to finally explore the dance universe.

What is mostly interesting about his work is how he represents the posture. Indeed, the contrast between extreme precision of position and material brutality is a very impactful way to show the difference between the spectacle illusion and the dancers hidden situation.

About brutality, you can see on the drawings and paintings flaming color touches contrasting with cold colors. From color to material, the artist energy showcases movement and brings his paintings to life.

© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

 

Exhibition hosted at Musée d’Orsay and ends on february 25th, don’t miss it ! If you want a special experience with one of our specialist please click here to have more information.

Our original ideas Valentine’s Day

Our original ideas Valentine’s Day

07/02/2018

Like every year on valentine’s day, you are looking for the perfect gift for your partner. Beyond the traditional chocolate box or bunch of roses there are so many possibilities for an exceptional present your lover will always remember. What about an unforgettable moment in the city of love?

Art Luxury Experience selected for you the most romantic experiences to celebrate your Valentine’s day. Indeed, each couple is different, therefore we selected 5 different moods so as to express love in everyone’s way.

If you are interested please visit our page by clicking here.

 

What about you, which Valentine are you?

 

Do you feel surprising and mysterious?

Honeymoon dinner cruise is made for you.

Surprise your partner during an unforgettable evening aboard an exceptional private yacht.

Sail along the river Seine and enjoy the most beautiful monuments of the romantic city of lights. Forget about everything and focus entirely on your beloved while a private chef delights you with sumptuous and traditional French meal. An overwhelming evening for two to dazzle your tender and to remember for ever!

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Are you interested by this experience ? Please contact us, we’ll arrange it for you.

 

Are you an elegant gentleman?

Court your flame inside a very fancy restaurant and make her feel like a queen.

At the bottom of Notre Dame, we selected for you the Vieux Paris d’Arcole. This recommended restaurant welcomes you into a traditional and luxurious atmosphere.

What is more, our specialist of the “Parisian chic” will join your table so as to guide you during your dinner sharing her knowledge about elegancy and French “art de vivre”. In other words, perform with all the high society codes and step into the shoes of a French aristocrat for a memorable night.

An exceptional evening in the heart of Paris

Vieux Paris d’Arcole

Do you want to become a French aristocrat for a night ? Please contact us.

 

Being a passionate and gourmet lover?

Besides the usual chocolate box, offer your partner the opportunity of cooking some together. Rendez-vous behind the scene of a prestigious French pastry house and experience a moment of complicity and culinary creativity. This fancy pastry house realizes the perfect match between tradition and modernity so as to delight your taste buds.

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Do you want to dream around chocolate ? Please contact us.

 

 

Feeling more like cocooning?

Charm your beloved transforming the place you are staying in Paris into a private luxurious restaurant. In order to share a gastronomic dinner without doing a thing, we selected for you the best talented chefs. Only pay attention to the sweet words you’ll whisper while the chef serves you sophisticated dishes in total intimacy.

private chef valentine's day

Do you want to experience a private chef ? Please contact us.

 

 

Are you an artist nostalgic of the past?

Make your partner dream taking her/him to a magic trip around the city of love inside the very famous Rolls Royce of the 1970’s. Our famous and very charismatic historian will drive it for you while telling you unusual stories about places you’ll cross. It can be for a simple displacement or for a true long journey, in any event dive into another time and feel the magic of Paris hidden history.

Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Limousine 2 1978

Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Limousine 2 1978

Do you want to experience this wonderful trip ? Please contact us.

 

All in all, above is a bench of original ideas we have curated for you in order to celebrate your unforgettable valentine’s day.

The price range of our offers is, upon the experience and availability, starting for 450euros (for two persons) up to 4000euros (for two persons).

If you are interested by one or another experience, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’ll make a very specific and bespoke arrangement for you.

MoMA’s exhibition at the Foundation Louis Vuitton

MoMA’s exhibition at the Foundation Louis Vuitton

15/01/2018

MoMa’s history:

Founded in 1929 in New York the Museum of Art Moderne, more known under the name of MoMA, is one of the first museums to being dedicated exclusively to the contemporary art and modern. It puts forward the new movements of art such as the cubism and surrealism, as well as architecture and the cinema… MoMa knew to dissociate other museums because it evolved with its time, but especially it knew to be visionary while being the first museum to propose the modern art in all these forms. Thus other museums as the center Georges Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London followed the step while being dedicated to art modern. The success of MoMA was such as it had to change three times of site to be able to expose one plus a large number of works and to accommodate a larger audience, to its last current installation in Manhattan (New York). Currently in work in order to still increase its space of exposure until 2019, there remains nevertheless open to the visitors. Its immense notoriety comes owing to the fact that it has one of the largest collections in the world with more than 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, photographs, models and art objects, like 22,000 films in any kind. It preserves many famous parts such as: self-portrait