Women Who Shaped Paris

Women Who Shaped Paris

When Victor Hugo died in Paris in 1885, amid Paris’ critically important and creatively fruitful Belle Époque period, the streets of the city were flooded with mourners as his remains were carried through the...

French explorer, author, and Buddhist scholar, Alexandra David-Néel led a full and exceptional life. In 1924, at the age of 55, she was the first European woman to cross the Trans-Himalayas in the dead...

In the early 19th century hundreds of Americans were inspired by a wave of enterprising, progressive and talented people who migrated to Paris, the cultural capital of Europe, then comprising four times the population...

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...

Gertrude Stein was perhaps the most famous of all the American women to make their home in Paris. Stein lived there from 1903 until her death in 1946. Her salon in 27, Rue de Fleurus...

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,...