Archive for the ‘History’ Category
Practical info, exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou
This is unique footage of the great Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).
via the YT channel of nickwallacesmith
This is unique film of great Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) at work on a canvas en plein air.
via open culture
A compilation of footage by the Thomas Edison film company of the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900, which celebrated the achievements of the past century. Included are the Eiffel Tower, a specially-made Moving Boardwalk, the Seine, Palace of Electricity, Champs Elysees, Champs de Mars and Place de Invalides.
With music by Lucienne Boye, this compilation of trimmed footage was put together by YouTube user Corytheraven
You may have seen the Google doodle today celebrating the 100th birth annivesary of renowned French photographer Robert Doisneau, one of the pioneers of photojournalism. Above is probably one of his most famous shots, known as Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville). The picture, though seemingly caught spontaneously, was actually posed. Doisneau had spotted the couple earlier and felt (rightly so) that it was inappropriate to snap a picture. He later approached them and asked them if they would repeat their kiss and let him capture it on film. The result was the iconic picture of “young love” in Paris.
If you’re in Paris, don’t miss the free exhibition of some of his work now showing at the Hotel de Ville (until April 28).
After the huge success of Métronome, l’histoire de France au rythme du métro parisien (Metronome, the history of France to the rhythm of the Paris metro) author Lorant Deutsch adapts his book for television with a documentary series in four episodes that will air on France 5 starting Sunday, April 8. For the occasion, the channel has created an interactive site that immerses visitors in the history of Paris. With interactive maps and videos, stroll back in time and explore the capital.