La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy

published on March 10, 2015
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La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy
Musée Marmottan Monet
From the12th of February, 2015 to the 5th of July, 2015

The Musée Marmottan Monet presents until July 5th, 2015 the first exhibition ever dedicated to the theme of ‘La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy.’

The exhibition brings together works by major artists of the fifteenth century to the present, explores the rituals of cleanliness, their spaces and their gestures. This is the first time such a subject, unique and indispensable, is presented in the form of an exhibition. In these works that reflect everyday practices that might seem mundane, the public will discover the pleasures and surprises with a depth that few expected. Prestigious museums and international collections joined enthusiastically in this project giving major loans, including some paintings that have never been shown since their creation. One hundred paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and motion pictures («time-lapse») allow to offer an exceptional exhibition.

The exhibition opens with an outstanding collection of engravings by Dürer, de Primatice, paintings from the l’Ecole de Fontainebleau, including a Clouet, the outstanding Femme à la puce by Georges de La Tour, a unique and amazing collection of François Boucher, showing the invention of gestures and the special places one washed in the Old Regime Europe.

In the second part of the exhibition, visitors will discover that with the nineteenth century there was a profound renewal of tools and modes of cleanliness. The appearance of the bathroom, that of a more diverse and abundant use of water inspired Manet, Berthe Morisot, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec and other artists, not least, unpublished scenes of women washing in tubs or in makeshift tanks. The gestures are disrupted, the space becomes definitively closed and made to conceal privacy, from which emerges a deep impression of intimacy and modernity.

The last part of the exhibition presents to the vistor the both familiar and disconcerting modern bathrooms and there «functional» uses, with artworks from Pierre Bonnard which show bathroom spaces where one is allowed, away from the eyes of others and the noise of the city, to dream.

La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy
From the12th of February, 2015 to the 5th of July, 2015
Musée Marmottan Monet
2, rue Louis-Boilly
75016 Paris – France

Tél : +33 (0)1 44 96 50 33
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Jeune femme ‡ sa toilette

Eugène Lomont, Jeune femme à sa toilette, 1898
Huile sur toile, 54 x 65 cm, Beauvais, Musée départemental de l’Oise
© RMN Grand Palais / Thierry Ollivier

Jeune femme ‡ sa toilette

François Eisen, Jeune femme à sa toilette, 1742
Huile sur toile, 36,5 x 27,3 cm, Abbeville, Musée d’Abbeville
© RMN-Grand Palais /Thierry Ollivier

La Femme ‡ la puce

Georges de La Tour, La Femme à la puce, 1638
Huile sur toile, 121 x 89 cm, Nancy, Musée Lorrain
© RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Bernard

A perfect winter day in Paris

published on December 10, 2014
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9 a.m. : Let’s start the day with a typical Parisian breakfast. The good news is that in Paris, which houses 900 bakeries, it is easy to find a good croissant (choose it following two criteria’s: it must contain butter and must be crusty) and a good coffee.  Ordering a second coffee is part of the experience to observe the passersby’s through the window for a little more longer, the Parisian waiter and other clients who form an unlikely yet a peaceful  crowd.

11a.m. : You are in time for the opening of the exhibition of photographs by Hedi Slimane at the Fondation Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent. In the gallery, the contrasting black and white photos of the creator smell like smoke, sweat and rock. These intense portraits of Lou Reed, Brian Wilson, Amy Winehouse and Keith Richards have nothing to envy those of the young American rock figures Hedi Slimane capture to perfection. This contrast is more than welcome in this posh area of the capital.

12:30 p.m. : Paris does not wait! Do not waste time, grab a sandwich and head to department stores to admire the windows specifically designed for the end of the year. Make your choice: between les Galeries Lafayette, le Bon Marché and le Printemps, you will be amazed by the artistic research of these everlasting creations for children who also have the art to delight adults.

2 p.m.: Assume! Go to the foot of the ferris wheel located on Place de la Concorde and give you the grand tour just once. Paris is at your feet, unforgettable.

3 p.m. : It’s tea time. After all you skipped lunch … See you on the other side of the River Seine, rue du Bac in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, to treat yourself with delicacies from the Pâtisserie des Rêves pastry shop run by Head pastry chef Philippe Conticini. Hard to choose between the revisited Saint-Honoré, the Paris-Brest or the apple and quince pie recipe designed for the forthcoming winter season!

4 p.m. : Now that you are in the area, complete your Christmas shopping. On your roadmap, you should not miss the delicious Dyptique candles, accessories by Sonia Rykiel, The Conran Shop, the beautiful Hermès boutique or Le Bon Marché and La Grande Epicerie de Paris.

7 p.m. : It is time to order a glass of champagne at the Hôtel des Saints Pères bar. Relax in one of the comfy sofas and enjoy the calm and comfort after your tiring day in Paris.

8 p.m. : Let’s go! You are already late for the representation of La Source ballet at the Opera Garnier. The costumes created by Christian Lacroix in collaboration with Swarovski will fill you with wonder.

The Esprit de France hotel collection expands with Le Pigonnet

published on November 25, 2014
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The Esprit de France hotels are pleased to announce the expansion of their collection with the acquisition of the Le Pigonnet in Aix-en-Provence.

This beautiful 5-star hotel of 44 rooms, landmark of the city, fits well with the Esprit de France DNA characterized by an extraordinarily historic location, a building restored respecting the sense of place, exceptional quality of service and spacious rooms.

This Provencal country house of the eighteenth century offers a restaurant, a bar, a fitness, 3 conference rooms with garden view, a spa and a heated swimming pool surrounded by a Mediterranean park of 1.5 hectares close to the town center. Here you will find exclusive rooms including the magnificent 85 sqm Presidential Suite offering a private terrace of 170 m2 with views of the park and the mountain Sainte-Victoire.

This place is less than 3 hours from Paris by TGV, 25 minutes from the Marseille-Provence airport. The beautiful city hosted many painters, attracted by the southern light and inherited a rich cultural life animated all year including the Musée Granet, the Preljocaj Ballet, the Oyster Festival and the Opera Festival. The old town, where it is so nice to get lost, punctuated with charming squares, is animated with many markets, fine food and fashion shops.

This acquisition is carried out in partnership with three investors: the actor Christopher Lambert, Michel Halimi and Mr. Hugues de la Chevasnerie. Emmanuel Russel, CEO of Esprit de France said he was ” thrilled and excited to bring our level of expertise to Le Pigonnet, a promising potential rooted in the life of Aix-en-Provence”. The actor Christopher Lambert, was meanwhile delighted: ” this hotel is a unique place regarding its location and its history, we all live the dream and magic that surround it. »

We look forward to show you this new Esprit de France place in the heart of Provence.

But let’s just begin with a visit in images…

Hotel Le Pigonnet
5 Avenue du Pigonnet
13090 Aix-en-Provence
+33 (0)4 42 59 02 90


The park


A junior suite at Le Pigonnet


The lounge bar in the park


The restaurant “La Table du Pigonnet”


The Presidential suite


Topiary art in the park


The Sainte-Victoire


The Terrace


The blooming rose garden

Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.

published on October 28, 2014
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Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.
Musée du Luxembourg
From the 9th of October, 2014 to the 8th of February, 2015

Around Cézanne, Renoir or Monet, the Museum of the Luxembourg presents the first exhibition dedicated to Paul Durand-Ruel (on 1831 – 1922), the main art dealer passionate about the XIXth century, the discoverer of the Impressionists and the inventor of the modern art market.

Most major public and private Impressionists collections were in fact made ​​to the Durand-Ruel gallery at the turn of the twentieth century. No Impressionist sale took place without a painting that was once  exhibited in his gallery. From his discovery of Impressionism in the early 1870s to the success of the turn of the century, Paul Durand- Ruel had indeed bought, sold, exposed thousands of works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro , Sisley, Morisot and Cassatt . This story has not been smooth, and if he is now hailed as a visionary dealer, Durand -Ruel indeed made ​​the bet of Impressionism. It is this chapter in the history of the gallery and the story of a man the exhibition aims at showing and explaining with the help of new research.

The exhibition gathers eighty masterpieces of the impressionism and redraws an artistic avant-garde getting access in the international gratitude.

Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.
From the 9th of October, 2014 to the 8th of February, 2015
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
+ 33 (0)1 40 13 62 00



Les Borgia et leur temps

published on October 3, 2014
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Les Borgia et leur temps
Musée Maillol
From the 17th of September, 2014 to the 15th of February, 2015

The Borgia family owes its celebrity thank to statesmen, their popes and to their outstanding personalities. Their sulphurous reputation fascinated writers so different as Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, comic strip writers or still television.

Through portraits of the family, visitors to the exhibition will discover the families’ true faces, as well as those of the major protagonists of the period: princes, philosophers, scientists and theologians. An epoch in turmoil following the discovery of America and the Italian wars, against a background of unrest fermented by the friar, Girolamo Savonarole, already foreshadowing the Protestant Reformation to come and the birth of a new generation of humanists. At the dawn of the 16th century, Erasmus and Luther illustrated the renewal of philosophy.

Les Borgia et leur temps
From the 17th of September, 2014 to the 15th of February, 2015
Musée Maillol
59-61 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 22 59 58



Juan de Juanes – Portait of the pope Alexandre VI
1586 – Oil on leather (guadamacile)
83 X 56 cm
Valence, Cabildo Metropolitano de Valencia
© Francisco Alcántara


Altobello Melone – Portrait de gentilhomme (César Borgia?) – 1513
Oil on wood 58,1X48,2 cm
Bergame, Accademia Carrara di Bergamo
© Archivio fotografi co Accademia Carrara

Francucci Innocenzo dit Innocenzo da Imola Portrait présumé de Vannozza Cattanei First half of the 16th century Oil on canvas 83 X 62 cm Rome, Galleria Borghese © SSPSAE e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma

Francucci Innocenzo dit Innocenzo da Imola
Portrait présumé de Vannozza Cattanei
First half of the 16th century
Oil on canvas 83 X 62 cm
Rome, Galleria Borghese
© SSPSAE e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma

The Hotel des Saints Peres takes part to the Journees Europeennes du Patrimoine

published on September 2, 2014
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Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (Day in Historic Monuments)
Hôtel des Saints Pères
On the 20th and 21st of September, 2014

The Journées Européennes du Patrimoine‘ (A day in Historic Monument) was created in 1984 and now take place in more than 50 countries in Europe. It aims at opening and showing buildings and pieces of art that are usually closed to public to highlight our common heritage and people working daily to save it.

For the first time on the 20th and 21st of September, the Esprit de France Hotel Collection is proud and happy to take part to the “Journées Européennes du Patrimoine” (a day in Historic monument) with the Hotel des Saints Pères located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. At this occasion and during these two special days only, the Fresco room will open its doors to unveil its 17th century ceiling fresco to the general public. This outstanding fresco representing Vertu crowning Chance and Intelligence was discovered in 1983 under a false ceiling during renovation works undertaken by Esprit de France in the 80′s. It remains today in a perfect state of preservation.

The Hotel des Saints Pères decided to entrust the visit to a student of the prestigious art school Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She will show and explain the hotel main artistic and architectural points of interest to finish with the famous fresco. Visits will take place on Saturday at 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm and Sunday at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm and will last 30 minutes. To take part to one of these free visits, register to

Journées Européennes du Patrimoine
Day in Historic Monuments

On the 20th and 21st of September, 2014
Hôtel des Saints Pères
65 rue des Saints Pères
75006 Paris


The Fresco Hotel des Saints Peres©yannmonel

The Fresco at the Hôtel des Saints Pères

Disappeared Paris, restored Paris

published on July 31, 2014
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On the occasion of 850 years of the Cathedral Notre-Dame, the archaeological Crypt of the square Notre-Dame dedicates an exhibition to the history of Paris by archaeological restoration (interactive 3D experiences). Visitors are invited to discover vestiges protected in the Crypt and to re-place them in the architectural context and the history of their time.

The archaeological tracks kept under the square, at the heart of Paris, show buildings which followed one another since the Roman creation of Lutetia until the Haussmann transformations of the XIXth century.

They result from the intense urbanization of the place in the course of the centuries and their mess is today difficult to read for the general public.

This exhibition uses the principle of the archaeological restoration to give to the visitor the essential keys in the understanding of the site.

Exhibition until December 31st, 2014
Crypte archéologique du parvis Notre-Dame
Programmation : Every day (except Monday, August 15th, December 25th) from 10 am. to 6 pm.
Price : entry €7, reduced rate €5
7, place Jean-Paul II (Parvis Notre-Dame)
75004 paris



PARIS 1900 LA VILLE SPECTACLE – The City Entertainment

published on July 31, 2014
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This exhibition, around 600 works and objects, pulls us in Paris of the beginning of the XXth century.

Paris shows its magnificence through its art and its modernity: cinematograp, transport, constructions …

The City Light still shines with one thousand fires everything around the world.
You will discover various views concerned the advent of the cinema, the fashion, the department stores, the Art nouveau; all which contributed to build the image of Paris as the city of the luxury and the leisure activities for all.

The exhibition presents so many works of art, suits, posters, old photos as paintings and sculptures. The big names display throughout six reconstituted detached houses: Rodin, Mucha, Guimard, Méliès, Picasso, fashion designers and fashionable decorators.

A real kaleidoscope of this life dreamed about Paris 1900, about Belle Epoque where technical innovations, art of living, cabarets and dancers of French cancan, affect us in the elegance to the Parisian; all these images cross and collide in the course of this completely sucessful exhibition.

Until the 17th August 2014
Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris






The 30 years of Fondation Cartier for contemporary art – Mémoires Vives

published on July 31, 2014
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In 1984, the CARTIER company created a foundation for the contemporary art located in a Parisian building realized by Jean Nouvel.

The object of this foundation is “to promote and to support the international contemporary artistic creation through activities (funds, new purchases, exhibitions, entertainments, book publishings, catalogs and animations)”.
All the contemporary artistic expressions are represented: paint, sculpture, photography, video …

Except the temporary exhibitions, the permanent gallery includes three hundred artists and more than one thousand works.
For thirty years of the foundation’s creation, numerous events are organized of which the exhibition Mémoires Vives including said evenings “nomads” mixing poetry, music, dance and fashion shows.

The main works supported by the sponsorship of the foundation are presented in this shape of retrospective.

You will also find there a movie redrawing the last thirty years of the contemporary art.
On the occasion of 30 years of Fondation Cartier, discover its exceptional exhibition redrawing its history.

Mémoires Vives - Fondation Cartier
Until the 21st September 2014
261 Boulevard Raspail 75014 Paris


The treasure of Naples – The jewels of San Gennaro

published on July 15, 2014
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For the first time outside Naples, the Maillol museum presents the jewels of San Gennaro.

Saint January, in Italian San Gennaro, is holy martyr of the city worshipped by the Neapolitan. These last ones signed a contract with him in January, 1527, to protect the city of the plague, and volcanic eruptions by Vesuvius and wars.

Through this exhibition, it is a journey through the time, in the history and in a sacred art of silversmith’s trade. A committee of twelve lay members, called on the “Deputation” to build of the new Chapel has since 1601 for mission to collect the treasures which the Neapolitan give in offering so that San Gennaro respects its commitment of protection of the city and its inhabitants. It keeps light bulbs of the blood of the saint which liquefies in a regular way, every year, since several hundred years.

The exhibition lures us in the discovery of an artistic treasure (silversmith’s trade, paintings) perfectly preserved throughout the centuries.

The treasure of Naples – The jewels of San Gennaro
Up to 21st July 2014
Musée Maillol
59/61 rue de Grenelle
75007 PARIS
Tél. :






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