Women Who Shaped Paris

Women Who Shaped Paris

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...

In Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, where many of his erstwhile Parisian compatriots were subjected to often exorable criticisms, Sylvia Beach remained unscathed. Hemingway wrote, "No-one that I ever knew was nicer to me." George Whitman, a...

The end of World War One, the devalued franc, and the ever enduring beauty of Paris, along with the lure of a bohemian lifestyle in a city known for its tolerant attitudes, led not...

The history of feminism offers a rich chronicle of the social, ideological, and political movements whose goal is securing equal rights for women. Long before what is considered the First Wave of Feminism of...

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...

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,...

If you have unlimited financial resources and fancy an extravagant but refined stay in Paris, you'll want to consider  the Pompadour Suite, which recently opened at Le Meurice, a palace hotel located across from the...
Mata Hari in 1910

"I am a woman who enjoys herself very much,” Mata Hari wrote from her cell, "sometimes I lose, sometimes I win” No other female spy has aroused as much curiosity as Mata Hari. Involved in...
Coco Chanel in 1920

Coco Chanel was known for many things – among them, her moxie and her quotable maxims: A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. The most courageous...
Madame Récamier, by Jacques Louis David

Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make oneself its slave. -- Napoleon Bonaparte. Throughout history, evolution within a society has been closely connected with the evolution of fashion. The social upheaval initiated...
Alias Olympia: A Woman’s Search for Manet’s Notorious Model and Her Own Desire

September is here and summer is gone – along with those long lazy days of vacation-beach book heaven. Ah – to escape once more into a juicy adventure set in Paris (and plan for...