Art and Artists

Espace Dalí Museum Paris

Written by on April 19, 2018 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris
Espace Dalí Museum Paris

Salvador Dalí loved Paris but few realize the Catalan artist resided for a time, at 7 rue Becquerel in Montmartre. Today close to his former home, there is a museum-gallery which contains hundreds of his works. Espace Dalí museum-gallery The Espace Dalí museum-gallery is located in the heart of the hilltop artists’ village in Montmartre. It contains the […]

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Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

Written by on March 19, 2018 in Art and Artists, Pays de la Loire
Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

Robert Tatin was an extraordinary French artist whose home in the lush department of Mayenne, Pays de la Loire in north west France, became a museum. You may never have heard of him but once you see his house and art, you’re unlikely to forget it. Robert Tatin Robert Tatin was born in 1902 in […]

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British artist in France creates pet souvenirs

British artist in France creates pet souvenirs

  Artist Susan Faye, a British expat in France, has always been passionate about animals, especially dogs.  As a child she says she would bring home any dog she found roaming the streets but wasn’t allowed to keep them until at the age of 16, when her parents agreed she could  bring home ‘Shonti’, a  […]

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A fantastic art trip and tour of van Gogh’s France

Written by on February 7, 2018 in Art and Artists, Tours in France
A fantastic art trip and tour of van Gogh’s France

Imagine yourself painting scenes of Vincent van Gogh’s France, a warm sun and the scent of meadow flowers fills the air… Well you don’t have to imagine – a most unique art workshop takes you there in May 2018. Grab your Paint box – you’re going to van Gogh’s France! Walking in the footsteps of […]

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Monet’s House at Giverny Normandy

Written by on February 5, 2018 in Art and Artists, Normandy
Monet’s House at Giverny Normandy

Monet’s house in Giverny in the Eure Department, Normandy is a true delight. And, its a really unexpected bonus if you’re only going for the gardens. It’s not big or grand but there’s something about it, a feeling that it looks as it did when the great artist lived there. You almost expect him to […]

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Claude Monet’s Garden Giverny Normandy

Written by on February 5, 2018 in Art and Artists, Normandy
Claude Monet’s Garden Giverny Normandy

Monet’s House and Gardens Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, Normandy are open to the public from April to October each year and lure more than 500,000 people to visit the tiny town, northwest of Paris. Visitors flock to admire the pretty pink house where Monet lived until his death in December 1926 and to […]

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Monet’s Garden | The water lily pond

Written by on February 5, 2018 in Art and Artists, Normandy
Monet’s Garden | The water lily pond

There are two distinct parts to  the artist Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, Normandy. A flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road. Monet moved into the house in 1883 and took to gardening with relish. When the railway line that […]

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Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?

Written by on January 29, 2018 in Art and Artists, Museums and Châteaux
Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?

The Mona Lisa, known as La Joconde in France, has one of the most famous faces the world has ever known despite being more than 500 years old. Her likeness hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris and each year millions queue to see her face behind its thick bullet proof glass. Many wonder what […]

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Atelier d’Ofard wallpaper makers extraordinaire in Tours

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre, Tours in France
Atelier d’Ofard wallpaper makers extraordinaire in Tours

In days long gone, wallpaper was made by hand. It was time consuming and specialist and these days wallpaper is made by machines. But, there are still two companies left in France where the 17th century hand and wood block form of printing is still used as it has been for hundreds of years. Atelier […]

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The weird and wonderful Fondation du Doute Blois

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre, Quirky Stuff
The weird and wonderful Fondation du Doute Blois

Most people visit the Loire Valley for its stunning chateaux, wonderful vineyards, historic cities, gorgeous gardens and beautiful villages. But for something different you might like to pop to the Fondation du Doute (which translates as the Fondation of Doubt) in Blois. In the shadow of the castle that dominates this town, you can’t miss […]

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