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Renoir: The Artist Who Loved Women

Jeanne Samary in a Low Necked Dress (detail), 1877

You may enjoy one of Renoir’s most famous paintings, “La Loge”, at the current show, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.   The fashionable woman in “La Loge” is Nini Lopez, who was an actress from Montmartre and known as “fish face.” Renoir met her when he moved to Montmartre for the summer to paint “Bal ... Read More »

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity to Open at the Metropolitan Museum on February 26

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The latest fashion . . . is absolutely necessary for a painting. It’s what matters most. —Édouard Manet, 1881   Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries.   Nearly 80 paintings by Impressionist masters such as Manet, Monet, Renoir, ... Read More »

Paul Cézanne and Aix-en-Provence

Atelier Cézanne—Cézanne bought a little country house in November 1901 and worked right until the end of his life in 1906

“When I was in Aix, I thought I would be better off elsewhere. Now that I’m here, I miss Aix… when you’re born there, that’s it, nothing else appeals.”   The urban haunts of Paris may have provided the grounds for Impressionism’s rise, but Paul Cézanne’s life began (and ended) in the southern, Roman city of Aix-en-Provence. Born the illegitimate ... Read More »

Girls, Get Naked and Sleep next Sunday Night!—The Eve of St. Agnes

Madeleine undressing (Eve of St. Agnes), John Everett Millais, 1863

St. Agnes is the patron saint of girls, and legend has it that virgins may see their future husbands in their dreams during the night of St. Agnes’s Eve on January 20. For the ritual to work, the young girl was to go to bed without supper, and undress completely before climbing into bed naked. Lying on her back, with ... Read More »

Armchair Traveler: Phuket, Thailand

Night in Phuket

The gateway to a tropical eden, Phuket is Thailand’s biggest island and is on the western coast. A steady stream of tourists looking for the idyllic beach has helped bolster Phuket’s economy; it is now one of the wealthiest provinces in all of Thailand. Even after the December 26, 2004 tsunami devastated the area, the resilience of both its people ... Read More »

Happy Holidays from Museyon

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We wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.   Here are some Christmas quotes that will surely bring festive cheers during the holiday season. Happy Holidays everyone!   Working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing vocation. ... Read More »

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