If you know a young artist who refuses a steady job because they want to live free, you can encourage them to follow their dream or tell them the story of Mister Seguin’s goat, who wanted to live free but got eaten by the wolf. Continue reading “La Chèvre de Monsieur Seguin, as read by Fernandel”
From 1902 to his death in 1906, Cézanne worked every morning in this studio that he designed. Here, he produced paintings that hang in museums all over the world.
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)
Continue reading “Japonisme: an interview about the French Impressionists’ fascination with Japanese art”
Une bêtise : a mistake, a blunder, a gaffe, a misstep.
Mistakes, tricks, goof-ups, practical jokes; they enrich our lives and give us stories to tell around the dinner table. Stories from Jean-Michel and Monique.
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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.