Etienne de Swardt and Ralf Schweiger of État Libre d’Orange at MiN New York
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Etienne de Swardt and Ralf Schweiger of État Libre d’Orange at MiN New York

It seems that the overwhelming consensus in the perfume blogosphere that everyone loves Fils de Dieu, du riz et des agrumes, the new fragrance from the avant-garde house, État Libre d’Orange.  Having read about the scent before I headed to MiN last Thursday night, with its notes of ginger, coriander, lime, coconut, cinnamon and vetiver, I … Continue reading

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John Singer Sargent’s “Fumée d’ambre gris” (1880)
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John Singer Sargent’s “Fumée d’ambre gris” (1880)

I will never tire of the lush paintings of John Singer Sargent, an American painter who is most famous for his “Portrait of Madame X.”  The subject of that painting, Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, was an American socialite married to a French banker and known in Parisian society for her beauty.  “Madame X” caused a … Continue reading

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Painting and Scent: Pierre Bonnard’s Perfumed Impressionism

Pierre Bonnard was part of a group of French artists called Les Nabis, post-Impressionist painters who came together in the late 19th century.  The artists of this circle were highly influenced by the paintings of the Impressionists, and thus while sharing the flatness, page layout and negative space of art nouveau and other decorative modes, … Continue reading

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