Art and Artists

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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The Artists of Montmartre Paris

Written by on April 24, 2017 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris
The Artists of Montmartre Paris

Have you ever wondered why artists congregate in Montmartre, the lively hill top village of Paris? They’re there  to draw the visitors who flock to this oh-so pretty part of the city of light but why here, in this particular spot? Around 300 painters are officially licensed to work the area and there’s a 10 […]

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Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre
Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

In March 2017, a unique centre of art opened in the heart of the Loire Valley in the city of Tours. Aiming to bring contemporary art to all, the new centre opened the doors of its brand new state of the art building, a fitting home for modern art. Designed by architects Aires Mateus in […]

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Google Cultural Institute Paris | Mind Blowing Technology

Written by on October 3, 2016 in Art and Artists
Google Cultural Institute Paris | Mind Blowing Technology

In a narrow road in Paris, hidden behind a gate with bars painted the colour of the Google rainbow is the French HQ of the world’s favourite search engine. And it’s here that a secret left by Marc Chagall in the ceiling of the Opera Garnier in Paris was discovered. Amongst the hundreds working at Google […]

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Auvers-sur-Oise in the footsteps of Van Gogh

Written by on September 28, 2016 in Art and Artists, Picardy
Auvers-sur-Oise in the footsteps of Van Gogh

Auvers-sur-Oise in Picardy, northern France, needs little introduction as the last place that Vincent van Gogh lived and painted in 1890, during the last seventy days of his life. Located northwest of Paris; a mere 30 minute train ride to this quaint, picturesque artists’ village, it is here – that if only for a brief […]

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Painters Day Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on April 20, 2016 in Art and Artists, Nord-Pas de Calais
Painters Day Montreuil-sur-Mer

Every year the little hill top town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in the northern French department of Pas de Calais, holds an annual Painter’s Day and the whole town buzzes with colour as artists arrive to capture its lovely looks on paper for a day! In mid-August, 100 or more painters turn up with their easels and […]

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Magnificent Modigliani retrospective in Lille 2016

Written by on December 14, 2015 in Art and Artists, Nord-Pas de Calais
Magnificent Modigliani retrospective in Lille 2016

The Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani is being shown at the Lille Museum of Modern Art (Lam) from 27 February to June 5 2016. It’s a chance for Modigliani fans to enjoy an exceptional exhibition and to make it even better, there are some great deals to be had during this time such as a buy […]

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