Matisse over the stairway, Gauguin under the curtains

Are you rich enough to commission your own Matisse ? Or fill the walls of your palace with art so dense that it will be a challenge to distinguish one painting from another ? The man who answered positively to both questions was named Sergei Shchukin, a turn of the century Russian business magnate who became an early patron saint to the Impressionists. The last … Continue reading Matisse over the stairway, Gauguin under the curtains

Lovelocks – Sealed with a Kiss

Let’s say you’re in love and you’re sure that’s the real thing. To guarantee that you stay together forever you go to the nearest Brico, buy a padlock, write both your names on it, take your lover to the nearest bridge, lock your padlock somewhere and throw the key in the water. Romantic ? Bizarre ? Romantically bizarre ? The legend has it that if … Continue reading Lovelocks – Sealed with a Kiss