Category Archives: French history

Forget Wisdom of Markets, Storm the Bastille!

Wait a minute, those barbarians at the gate, they don’t look like Jacobins. They’re wearing Armani suits. They’re investment bankers, tired of toxic debt, demanding a bail out! About the image: Prise de la Bastille by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel [Source: Wikimedia … Continue reading

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Surrealist Manifesto Sells for Real Money

“All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.” “Had this yearning been for money, rather than revolutionary art,” says the Guardian, André Breton would today have seen his dream realised, on learning that a selection … Continue reading

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Imaging Paris: La Liberté guidant le peuple

Eugène Delacroix. Liberty Leading the People. 1830. Louvre, Paris. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]] La Liberté guidant le peuple – 28 July 1830

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Café Mouffe: Paris S’eveille

Paris S’eveille by Jacques Dutronc became an anthem for the student revolt in May 1968. Il est cinq heures, Paris s’eveille (“It’s 5 a.m., Paris wakes up”). Café Mouffe opens every Friday at 3:00 p.m. Please drop by for a … Continue reading

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Imaging Paris: Documenting May 1968

Protesters march down Boulevard Saint Michel on May 10, 1968. The banner reads: “Sorbonne Teachers Against Repression. [Photo by Serge Hambourg/via Art Knowledge News] French photojournalist Serge Hambourg documented the turbulent student revolt in Paris in the spring of 1968  … Continue reading

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Imaging Paris: May 1968

Photos de Paris en 68. Montage: yoy’. Musique: Rosa Park -” la revolte gronde.”

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Paris May 1968: Under the Cobblestones, the Beach

Students dig up cobblestones to throw at police. The layer of sand below the stones led to the slogan, “Under the cobblestones, the beach.” [Photo by Serge Hambourg/via NPR] Sylvia Poggioli has an excellent radio story on NPR, Marking the … Continue reading

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Fashionista Street: Balenciaga’s Erotic Knowledge

Is this Colette, Balenciaga’s favorite model from the 1950s? [Photo source: Fashion Spot/Vogue] In Couture Clash (Atlantic Monthly, January/February 2008), Benjamin Schwartz reviews four recent books that document the golden age of couture in postwar Paris. He crafts a narrative … Continue reading

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Fashionista Street: Dior’s Media Triumph

Christian Dior created a media sensation by changing hemlines season after season in the 1950s.. [Photo by Roger Wood; source Britannica/Hulton Archive/Getty Images] Christian Dior exhilarated Paris and its most important industry in February 1947 when he presented his inaugural … Continue reading

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Café Mouffe: “Non, je ne regrette rien”

Set 1: Édith Piaf. Non, je ne regrette rien 1961. Ms. Modigliani picked the program for this week’s Mouffe after sampling the universe of Édith Piaf recordings on YouTube. She chose two live versions of her favorite Piaf song, “Non, … Continue reading

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