Japonisme: an interview about the French Impressionists’ fascination with Japanese art

Did you know that the impressionists and post-impressionists borrowed liberally from the Japanese?

On the left side, a Japanese woodblock print. On the right, a study made by Van Gogh…

An interview with Geneviève Lacambre, Conservateur général au Musée d’Orsay, chargée du Musée Gustave Moreau (en 2001). – Conservateur honoraire du patrimoine (en 2005)
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La bataille de l’Atlantique – the Keroman U-boat base in Lorient

During 1942 and 1943, the Allies were shipping cargo and troops to England to supply the English war effort and to prepare for the invasion of the continent; and German U-boats operating from French ports such as Brest and Lorient were targeting those ships. Historians estimate that the U-boats sunk so many ships that they delayed the Normandy invasion by a full year. Winston Churchill named this battle for control of the shipping lanes the ‘Battle of the Atlantic.’

In this interview, Roger Huguen, a historian living on the northern coast of Brittany, in Saint Brieuc, tells Dominique Chapron that Lorient, on the southern coast of Brittany, played an important role in the Battle of the Atlantic : it served as the headquarters of Admiral Dönitz, head of the U-boat fleet. The huge submarine base is still standing, but the rest of the city was razed by Allied bombardments.

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African Art’s influence on 20th century painting and sculpture

Interview of Dany Philippe-Devaux of the “Musée de Grenoble”


In this interview, Mme Philippe-Devaux talks about the first apparitions of African Art in Europe. The items were brought by colonists and adventurers and considered to be representative of the “beginnings of art” produced by “primitive” cultures. This view changed slowly as artists and collectors learned more about the art itself. Continue reading “African Art’s influence on 20th century painting and sculpture”

All about the “apéritif” in France

If you already live in France or are planning a visit, this interview will be useful to you.

If ever you are invited to a French person’s home for a meal, you will have an apéritif before eating. In this interview, Martin Venzal ask Alexis, Marie, and Laurent about this important social custom. You’ll learn why it exists and how to serve yourself, how to know when the aperitif is over and you are about to move to the table for your meal….

The journalist who recorded these interviews for us is Martin Venzal. Martin is a journalist in Toulouse. He interviewed Alexis, Marie, and Laurent.

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