Archive: November, 2016

BARBIZON … ALL ABOUT ART AND OLD WORLD CHARM …

    The village of Barbizon – le village des peintres as it is called in French – is Beautiful: with a capital B. Sixty-one kms (38 miles) north of Paris, artists – Millet, Corot, Rousseau, Decamps, Daubigny and Diaz de la Pena to name only them – came here in the mid to late […]

LEONARDO’s ‘SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST’ RESTORED … BUT MAN OR WOMAN …?

    ‘The painting is brand new’, is how Paris’s Louvre Museum describes the restored Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500+-year-old masterpiece, Saint Jean-Baptiste – Saint John the Baptist. Painted around 1517, the 69 cm x 57 cm (27.16 in x 22.44 in) oil on walnut-wood Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, has been undergoing years of ‘behind the […]

PARIS METRO AND RER… THE BEST AND THE WORST LINES …

  Should you live in Paris or in France, or planning to visit Paris, you will undoubtedly at some time get on to a Metro or RER train. Not so? Now, for the first time Citymapper  has done a survey of the regularity of Paris’s Metro and RER trains.  The RER is the metro trains […]

Picasso-Giacometti Exhibition at the Picasso Museum in Paris … Wonderful …

  If you are going to be in Paris this Christmas Festive Season, you ought not to miss the exhibition currently at the Picasso Museum. It is the Picasso-Giacometti exhibition: it had opened to crowds on Tuesday, October 4 this year (2016) and runs through to Sunday, February 5, 2017. The half-term school holidays in […]

STEALING PICASSOS … 271 PICASSOS IN THE GARAGE … BUT WERE THEY GIFTS AS CLAIMED ? …

  In 2010 I wrote about the 271 Picasso artworks a French couple – Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec – had stored, maybe hidden, in the garage of their villa in the town of Mouans-Sartoux in the Province-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region of France. Monsieur Le Guennec, then 71, a retired electrician, told the police, called […]

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