Art History, Art Nouveau, Artists, Sculptors

The Waltz by Camille Claudel

La Valse or Les Valseurs (The Waltz in English) is my favourite sculpture, I can remember the first time I saw a picture of it in an art history book years ago. I didn’t know anything about Camille Claudel, the artist who had create such a beautiful and emotional representation of a couple dancing. The… Continue reading The Waltz by Camille Claudel

Art History, Artists, Film Director

First woman to be a film director

Alice Guy-Blanché was the first woman to be a film director and writer of narrative fiction films. She experimented with Gaumont’s Chronophone sound syncing system, colour tinting, interracial casting and special effects. Her parents were living in Chile when she was born, but as they wish at least one of their child to be French,… Continue reading First woman to be a film director

Art History, Artists, Composers, On this day...

On this day… was born Germaine Tailleferre

Germaine Tailleferre was born on April 19, 1892. She was a French composer and the only female member of a group of composers known as Les six. She was born as Marcelle Taillefesse, but when she became a young woman she decided to change her name to “Tailleferre” to spite her father, who refused to… Continue reading On this day… was born Germaine Tailleferre

Art History, Artists, Museum, Sculptors

Musée Camille Claudel

Last Sunday, March 26th, was the opening of Camille Claudel Museum in a small French town southeast of Paris. The museum received more than 2000 visitants the opening day, a huge success. For many people, it’s a late recognition to one of most brilliant sculptors of her time and one, between many, art history’s overlooked… Continue reading Musée Camille Claudel