Women Who Shaped Paris

Women Who Shaped Paris

A few months ago, Hazel Smith wrote a superb article about Victorine Meurent, the favorite model of Édouard Manet during the 1860s. I followed up with a review of Eunice Lipton’s book Alias Olympia,...

The second installment in a series about famous Americans who lived and died in Paris. Everyone knows how Isadora Duncan died. Her long silk scarf, caught up in the wheels of a speeding, open topped Amilcar...

At the heart of many of Édouard Manet’s paintings is a ginger-haired woman that, although not identical from picture to picture, turns out to be the same model. The nudes in the French painter’s...

"I have been to hell and back, and let me tell you, it was wonderful." Louise Bourgeois's quote perfectly captures her droll insightfulness about the vicissitudes of life. She considered her artwork, which spanned most...

According to the gallery notes for Gagosian’s current Picasso exhibition, the late great art historian Leo Steinberg claimed that the famous Spanish artist (and infamous Lothario) did not paint a woman “as she presents...
Coco Chanel on the balcony at the Ritz/ courtesy of Ritz Paris

Hotels were made for affairs. And where better to conduct an affair than in the inimitable, iconic surroundings of The Ritz Hotel in Paris? This was especially true through the febrile, uncertain times of the Second...

In an age where the words "icon" and "legend" are common, and sometimes undeservedly used, the death of Jeanne Moreau was a reminder of the true meaning of these accolades, for Jeanne Moreau was...

  Le Jardin du Luxembourg in the heart of Paris is a pure delight any time of the year and is the second largest park in Paris. A thick forest surrounds the back of the...

"I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely." --Josephine Baker (1906-1975) With total lack of inhibition - leading the way for the likes of Tina Turner, Lena...

First in a New Series about Famous Americans Who Lived and Died in Paris Innumerable American writers, artists and poets made Paris their home for months, even years at a time. (To name a few: Hemingway,...

Last year the Museum of Montmartre in Rue Cortot, the former home and studio of Suzanne Valadon, held an exhibition to celebrate the reconstruction of the studio she had shared with her husband André...

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Anne Hidalgo (@annehidalgo) on Sep 30, 2018 at 3:50am PDT Legendary Parisian designer Sonia Rykiel passed away in 2016, but her legacy lives on, and not just...