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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 »

Armchair Traveler: Munch and Oslo

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Edvard Munch’s iconic Scream changed the course of art history, and has become one of the most reproduced works of art in the world. It’s become one of the most expensive, too, selling for nearly $120 million in May.   The artist was born 149 years ago this week in Ådalsbruk, Norway. Soon after, his family moved to the capital ... Read More »

Armchair Traveler: Sicily

Siracusa

Italian, yes, but also fiercely independent, the Mediterranean island of Sicily has a rich and complicated history, one that blends an international mix of influences. Its beautiful vistas, quaint towns, sultry atmosphere, and longstanding traditions have inspired countless directors to film here, on location. Discover Sicily through cinema as we tour three of its historic towns, and check out Museyon’s ... Read More »

On Location: Rockefeller Center

Home Alone 2 (1992)

Nothing kicks off the holidays quite like the lighting of America’s most famous evergreen—the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. The tradition goes back all the way to the 1930s, when workers at the Rock Center construction site set up their own tree on Christmas Eve. By 1933 it was an annual tradition. Since that first 20-foot tree, each year’s celebration has ... Read More »

Bring Museyon Home for the Holidays

MoMA Store Downtown

There’s a chill in the air and a turkey in the freezer, which means the holidays are right around the corner. No matter who is on your gift-giving list this season, Museyon has books from everyone from your Francophile sister to your history buff husband to your artsy best friend. Filled with dozens of dramatic true stories and hundreds of ... Read More »

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