Sunday, August 26, 2012
In 1346 at the Battle of Crécy, British longbows triumphed over French crossbows and armoured knights.
In 1429, Joan of Arc made a triumphant entry into Paris.
In 1498, Michelangelo was commissioned to sculpt the Pietà.
In 1743, French chemist Antonie Lavoisier was born.
In 1789, the Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen, The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, is approved by the National Assembly in France.
In 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union.
In 1944, Charles de Gaulle entered Paris.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Happy Birthday to one of my favorite impressionists, Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894). Last year I had the pleasure of visiting a wonderful Caillebotte exhibit at the Musée Jacquemart-André which featured Gustave's paintings and his brother Martial's photographs. Here's a little glimpse.
Les périssoires and Pêche à la ligne:
Les raboteurs de parquet, probably his most famous and most popular work (this was not at the Musée Jacquemart-André; it resides in the Musée d'Orsay):
Portraits à la campagne, Le déjeuner, and Toits sous la neige:
Martial's photograph of his brother Gustave:
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
This Sunday we're in Étretat, not Paris, in honor of Guy de Maupassant's birthday. He was actually born near Dieppe - another town on the northern coast - but here in Étretat at the age of 18 he saved the poet Swinburne from drowning. Étretat, about 2 1/2 hours northwest of Paris by car, is one of my favorite places in Normandy.