Tag: France


Biography of Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges (1745–1799)

Biography of Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges (1745–1799)

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was widely regarded as the most accomplished man of his age. View sheet music by Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges Not only was he among the most important musicians in Paris during the pre-revolutionary period but he was also a superb all-round athlete and man of arms. Among connoisseurs of the…
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Magic Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel: What inspired Man to build such a Magic Place?

Mont Saint-Michel is an iconic landmark located in Normandy, France. It is a rocky tidal island that is connected to the mainland by a causeway. The island is home to a medieval abbey and a village that has been inhabited since the 8th century. The abbey and village are perched atop a rocky outcrop that…
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Picasso was a genius—and a beast. Can the two be separated?

“Picasso: Genius and Beast—Can They Coexist?” Introduction Pablo Picasso was one of the most influential and prolific artists of the 20th century. He was a genius, a revolutionary, and a master of many mediums. But he was also a beast. His personal life was often tumultuous, and he was known for his tempestuous relationships with…
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Camus 4 principles

Albert Camus – 4 Principles for Being Present

Albert Camus and his philosophy are a great place to start – here are 4 existentialist principles for being present. Albert Camus was a French philosopher who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. He became the second-youngest recipient in history. Some of his most popular books are The Stranger, The Plague, The…
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Edward Hopper Soir Bleu

Why Did Edward Hopper Paint This Clown?

After Jan Matejko’s Stanczyk, here’s another sad clown, this time painted by Edward Hopper. In this video, we’re looking at his 1914 Soir Bleu. A perculiar talent; the ability to paint ‘silence’. Although background noises would prob surround the events in Hopper’s works, they fade into insignifance and silence ‘muffles’ them. For e.g. the painting…
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Emmanuel Macron frustrated


antonfoek.com Amsterdam, June 21st 2022– France is heading into a period of exceptional political instability, with the real threat of legislative paralysis, after President Emmanuel Macron lost his overall parliamentary majority in Sunday’s elections.  It was a stunning setback for a president re-elected to office just two months ago. Macron’s Ensemble! alliance won only 245…
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Mimosa Route France

France’s 130km Mimosa Route

As the snow-capped peaks of the Maritime Alps faded into the distance behind me, I followed my guide Maddy Polomeni further along a corridor of golden mimosa blossoms as we hiked towards an abandoned quarry in the Massif de l’Esterel mountain range. Although it was the latter end of the flowering season, there was still an…
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Jules and Jim François Truffaut

Jules and Jim: A Cultural Masterpiece

About Who We Are  Our Identity Anton Foek Amsterdam, January 28th 2022—While there’s no denying the love and affection that permeates throughout Jules and Jim, as Lily Collins’s eponymous character recently discovered during the second season of Netflix series Emily in Paris, it’s just as tragic as it is romantic. In the fourth episode of…
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Shimabuku, The 165 meter mermaid and other stories

NMNM – Villa Paloma February 19 – October 3, 2021 The exhibition “The 165-metre Mermaid and Other Stories” stems from a mediaeval Japanese legend and unfurls in the manner of an epic poem. It tells of the artist’s adventures and encounters as he goes with the flow, roving between his native Japan and Monaco via…
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