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Basically Alone We Are All: The Superb Embroidered Artworks by Cléa Lala

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French artist Cléa Lala creates provocative mixed-media artworks combining embroidery and illustration. Continue reading »

Amazing Color Photographs Capture Sun Bathers on the Beach in Cannes, France in 1948

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Cannes, resort city of the French Riviera, in Alpes-Maritimes department, Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur region, southeastern France. It lies southwest of Nice. Continue reading »

Antonin Personnaz’s Autochrome Dreams Of Early 20th Century France

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Between 1907 and 1914, art collector Antonin Personnaz (1854 – 31 December 1936) took autochrome pictures of France’s Oise Valley. His dreamy, impressionist-style photographs call to mind the work of the artists he knew, like Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Albert Lebourg and Jean-François Raffaelli, Camille Pissarro and Paul Gachet. Continue reading »

Atmospheric Photographs of France in the 1940s Through a German Soldier’s Lens

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In 1940, France was invaded and quickly defeated by Nazi Germany. France was divided into a German occupation zone in the north, an Italian occupation zone in the southeast and an unoccupied territory, the rest of France, which consisted of the southern French metropolitan territory (two-fifths of pre-war metropolitan France) and the French empire, which included the two protectorates of French Tunisia and French Morocco, and French Algeria; the Vichy government, a newly established authoritarian regime collaborating with Germany, ruled the unoccupied territory. Free France, the government-in-exile led by Charles de Gaulle, was set up in London. Continue reading »

March 31, 1889: The Eiffel Tower Is Opened

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The Eiffel Tower was built to be the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. Construction was started by Gustave Eiffel’s company in January 1887 and completed in March 1889. Continue reading »

Fears of Eros, Dreams of Thanatos: Sensual Illustrations by Alex Varenne

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Alex Varenne (29 August 1939 – 19 October 2020) is a French comic book artist, master of erotic drawing and plastic arts. Unfortunately, Varenne has been dead for two years, but his legacy lives on – the Frenchman’s illustrations and comics are so gentle and powerful that they can without exaggeration be included in the list of European cultural classics. Continue reading »

Vintage Photos of Vanessa Paradis in the 1980s

Vanessa Paradis (born 22 December 1972) is a French singer, model, and actress. She was a teen pop sensation in her native France in the 1980s. At the age of 14 she recorded a pop single about a Paris taxi driver, titled “Joe le Taxi,” which spent eleven weeks at at the number one spot in France and became an international smash hit as well. Continue reading »

A Collection of Incredible Rare Color Photographs of France in World War I

Serving in the French Army, photographer Fernand Cuville (1887–1927) continued the autochromists’ tradition of recording the world around them in great detail. These color photographs were taken by Cuville in 1917. His photos capture French soldiers in everyday situations, including cleaning their clothes and eating lunch. They also show war’s destruction in scenes of crumbling buildings and ruined landscapes. Continue reading »

Candid Photographs Captured Prostitution Scenes in Paris in 1966

Prostitution in Paris, both street prostitution and prostitution from dedicated facilities has a long history but also its own modernity in the French capital. Prostitutes are mostly women but also include transgender people and men. Continue reading »

Awesome Illustrations About Women by Majéon

Majéon is an artist from Montpellier, in the south of France. Her artistic work revolves around women and highlights the place they hold in our society. They are present in her creations since the beginning. Through the characters she depicts, she talks about the women who “helps us to grow up, the ones who change our lives and leave it a trace”. Continue reading »

Amazing Rare Photographs of the Montparnasse Train Wreck in 1895


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This extraordinary accident occurred on October 22, 1895 at Montparnasse, then known as Gare de l’Ouest. The drive of the express train from Granville to Paris, hoping to make up time for its 131 passengers, increased the train’s speed and the air brake failed. Continue reading »

Stunning Black and White Photographs Captured the Spirit of Early 20th Century Athletics

My nanny Dudu, 40, on rue Cortambert in Paris, 1904.

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Jacques Henri Lartigue was fascinated by the ascent of sport in the early 20th century as a fashionable pastime for the middle classes, and was himself a keen sportsman. Lartigue’s entirely unposed photographs, presented album-style in this gorgeous, luxurious and delightful volume, capture both the joyous exuberance of amateur sports––racing, skiing, tennis, gymnastics, hang gliding––and the particular character of its popularity in the first half of the 20th century. Continue reading »

Paris in Vivid Color Images by Jules Gervais-Courtellemont, 1923

Paris as seen from the church of Saint Gervais.

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These colored photos by Jules Gervais-Courtellemont will take you back through time to see how Paris looked in 1923. The vivid images are produced using the autochrome technique in which the plates are covered in microscopic red, green and blue colored potato starch grains (about four million per square inch). Continue reading »

This Optical Illusion Is the Most Beautiful Street Artwork in France


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An impressive trompe-l-oeil fresco painted in the coastal city of Boulogne-Sur-Mer was recently crowned France’s most beautiful street artwork for 2020. Continue reading »

When Paris Was Protected with Sandbags and Masking Tape, 1914-1918

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By the first week of September 1914, the Germans had come within thirty kilometers of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. The French and British armies were engaged in fierce fighting with the Germans in the First Battle of the Marne which repelled the Germans. Still, Parish remained uncomfortably close to the front lines for much of the Great War. Continue reading »

How To Recognise Clouds – The International Cloud Atlas, 1896

The Atlas international des Nuages (International Cloud Atlas; Internationaler Wolkenatlas) was published in Paris, France, by Gauthier-Villars et fils in 1896. This pictorial atlas contained 14 illustrations on 14 printed color plates. A mix of photographs (chromotypographs) and pantings, the text was in English, French, and German. Continue reading »

Artist Replaces Famous Parisian Monuments with Iconic Pop Culture Characters

French artist Benoit Lapray worked in collaboration with studio 95 Magenta and Emmanuelle Vonck Lugand to create this fantastic project that replaces famous Parisian monuments with iconic pop culture characters. Continue reading »

“Poetic Dance in Nature”: The Pastel and Romantic Universe of The Photographer Alexandre Delamadeleine

Alexandre Delamadeleine is a French photographer who captures nature. His gallery is filled with delicate images reflecting everyday moments and travel memories. Continue reading »

Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Carla Bruni as a Fashion Model in the 1980s and ’90s

Born 1967 in Turin, Italy and moved to France at the age of seven, Carla Bruni was a model from 1987 to 1997 before taking up a career in music. She wrote several songs for Julien Clerc that were featured on his 2000 album, Si j’étais elle. Continue reading »

Photographer Paolo Pettigiani Captures Stunning Infrared Landscapes of French Alps

Italian photographer and artistic director Paolo Pettigiani, based in Turin, has just unveiled a new part of his “Infraland” project. Continue reading »

Fabulous Cover Photos of La Vie Parisienne in 1927

La Vie Parisienne (the Parisian life) was a French weekly magazine founded in Paris in 1863 and was published without interruption until 1970. It was popular at the start of the 20th century. Continue reading »

Brilliant Acts of Vandalism by French Artist CAL

If the streets of the city of Lyon were giant pages of a coloring book, one of the most lively children filling those pages would be the French artist CAL. The Lyon-based street artist sprinkles their works in urban places, leaving them interacting with their surroundings. Scroll down and take a look at some of his best works! Continue reading »

Amazing Black and White Photographs Capture Everyday Life in France During the Mid-20th Century

Photographer Janine Niepce (February 12, 1921 – August 5, 2007), one of the first photo-journalists in France, was a distant cousin of Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography. She photographed with great talent ordinary people going about their daily lives, much like humanist photographers Robert Doisneau and Willy Ronis. Influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who gave her very sound advice on photo-journalism, she joined the Rapho Agency in 1955. Continue reading »

Warsaw-Based Artist Spray-Paints A Beautiful Lace Mural On The Side Of A French Lace Museum

Calais is a city in northern France famous for its lace-making tradition. Turns out, back in the late 19th century, many textile artists and engineers from England immigrated to Calais to escape economic and social difficulties, turning the city into an industrial hub for lace manufacturing. Back then, around 40,000 of the residents were working in the local lace factories. Continue reading »

London-Based Designer Creates “Joy & Excitement” With Colourful Skate Park In Lille

London-based designer Yinka Ilori has applied his signature vibrant style to the Colorama skate park within the La Condition Publique cultural centre near Lille, France. Continue reading »