Lovers endlessly kiss each other at the Hôtel de Ville or the Bastille; with an air of mischief and a smile on his lips, a little boy runs along the street with a baguette under his arm… Why is it that these images so characteristic of humanist photography continue to move us? Undoubtedly because they offer an optimistic vision of existence, transforming the banality of everyday life into moments of magic: a young child evokes the carefree days of childhood; a kiss, the promise of eternal love. The universal quality of the anecdote became emblematic of the human race, a condition, a trade or a mood.
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A major event in the art market for over six decades, the Paris Biennale des Antiquaires brings together numerous masterpieces from all periods and specialities. For the 27th edition of this biennial antiques fair, the Syndicat National des Antiquaires has given carte blanche to Jacques Grange, who had the idea to reconstruct the gardens of Versailles beneath the glass roof of the Grand Palais. To stage the project, the famous interior designer has called on the invaluable assistance of gardeners from the Chateau de Versailles. All the exhibitors will be playing along, giving their stands a real touch of "greenery".
The French art market cultivates its difference, and diversity is once again on the menu during the second half of 2014. A review of key sales in the new autumn season, from designer jewellery to 20th century first editions.
The jewellery market is in excellent health. As well
as being a safe investment, pieces are admired for
their beauty, especially when conceived by
This summer, sales in France included a delightful Christian Dior dress, a painting by Martial Raysse in the limelight at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and a Transition period commode by Gilles Joubert, bought by the Château de Versailles.
Humanist photography. This captures those fleeting
moments that reveal the tender, poetic side of
mankind. A trend still in vogue in an ever-rosy market.
Two years after its creation, Paris Musées, which
manages 14 Paris institutions, has posted positive
results, including an ambitious programme and free
After its first appearance in 2010, AD Intérieurs
is now an integral part of the Paris landscape. With its fifth edition, the event even moves into the museum
world – and through the front door, to
boot! It could not have picked a better setting than
the main hall of the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs de Paris.
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