A day in Paris by Esprit de France #7

A day in Paris | Exhibitions | Museums
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Hôtel La Tamise
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Culture and walk on both sides of the Seine and the Tuileries Garden

Gilder and chiseller of the French kings, Louis XV and Louis XVI, Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813) was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest bronze craftsmen of the late 18th century. Approximately a hundred sumptuous objects and items of furniture featuring exquisite ornaments and frames created by him for the French Court are currently on display at the Museum of Decorative Arts. He worked mainly for the queen, Marie-Antoinette, and her rival, the Countess of Barry but also did a lot of work for Louis XVI’s brother, the Count of Artois and for the Court Intendant, the Count of Aumont, whose residence was the current Crillon Hotel located at Place de la Concorde. His creations were as near to perfection as art could ever be.

Extend your walk under the arcades of the Rue de Rivoli to the crossroads with the Rue d'Alger where one of the hotels of the Esprit de France Hotels and Residences collection is located. For a lunch or for a simple gourmet break around a pastry, the Hotel and Bar La Tamise will welcome you with a seasonal menu in its cosy setting,. The Hotel La Tamise is an old townhouse with an elegant ambience in-line with the fashion district that surrounds it. Do not forget to pay particular attention to the original details: Charles X wood marquetry for the staircase, cement tiles, stained windows, mirrors and fireplaces that coherently create a peaceful place full of character.

Leaving the hotel, you will only have to cross the Jardin des Tuileries then the Seine via the Passerelle Léopold Senghor for a visit to the Musée d'Orsay.

We have enjoyed the current exhibition, Beyond the stars, devoted to landscape painting at the turn of the century. For some of the greatest painters in Europe and North America, the quest for transcendence, in response to the scientific mood sweeping through the late 19th century, came true in the painting of landscape. Paintings depicting one’s state of mind, prompting to contemplation or meditation, with emphasis on colour and light, have led to masterpieces such as Monet’s Water Lilies and Van Gogh’s Starry Night. The exhibition also unveils the timeless paintings by the Group of Seven – a group of Canadian landscape painters - and the opening on the universe by American artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe or Arthur Dove. Finish off your visit to such an uplifting exhibition with an equally inspiring meal at the heritage museum restaurant.