Flora Day at Monet’

 

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Claude Monet lived in his home at Giverny for forty-three years. Within that time, he had meticulous ideas for his landscapers who gardened beautiful flowers outside the home and around a pond. You can immerse yourself in the world of the painter, famous for his landscape canvases and numerous views of his garden, such as the “Water Lilies,” the “Japanese Bridge” and “The Irises.”

Our timing was unpropitious as we arrived too early in the season to witness the water lilies blooming on the water. Nonetheless, the gardens were resplendent and the pond more lustrous than I imagined. One can easily spend a few hours sitting on one of the benches and staring off amongst the many species of flora. For those nature-enthused photographers keen on macro, landscapers seeking inspiration, art students dabbling with impressionism or an admirer of nature or history, this place is definatley worth the visit!

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Scandalous Flashback 1971 YSL

IMG_6813On January 29, 1971 Yves Saint Laurent presented his Spring/Summer collection called “Années quarante” or “Libération.” The collection was daring and even more sexually suggestive than previous years and became the new era for square shoulders, short dresses, loose frills and exaggerated makeup…

Although the collection was heavily criticized by the press, his designs paved the way to the retro trend in the 70’s which quickly ended up conquering the streets and clubs.

My friend Maria and I spent a short hour at the exhibition viewing the progressive collection considered too daring for that time. Cameras aren’t allowed in the museum so make sure you leave with plenty of visual memory or maybe a book from the boutique upstairs like I did!

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YSL 1971 popular print

 

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Maria outside the Fondation Pierre Berge

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See the exhibition here:

Fondation Pierre Berge

3 rue Leonce Reynaud

75016 Paris France

Open 11-18 everyday except Mondays