“The Chat Noir is the most extraordinary cabaret in the world. You rub shoulders with the most famous men of Paris, meeting there with foreigners from every corner of the world."
A few weeks ago I went to the Harry Ransom Center in Austin. They have an excellent section dedicated to new acquisitions. (And boy does it acquire.) I saw an Aubrey Beardsley piece from afar and went to look at it. But it wasn't Beardsley's.
It was William Faulkner's.
How did Montmartre become the destination for café-concerts? How did it influence and inspire Rodolphe Salis? What makes Le Chat Noir cabaret unique?
You know the sign by Steinlein. But do you know it's history? It's vast, it's strange, and it's often overlooked.
Maybe you've stumbled upon an ancient and colossal lamassu at a museum. These stunning massive mythological protective genies originate from Assyrian mythology. And they're full of surprises.
In my case, it's a resounding yes. Truth be told I cry in almost every animated movie, so it's not exactly hard to move me. But I have felt like a bit of a weirdo when I'm crying at a gallery. Art in person can be an entirely overwhelming experience. It's cliche but seeing art… Continue reading Does Art Make You Cry?
The winds in Arles can blow up to 80 kilometres an hour (or 50 mph). These ferocious winds are known as le mistral. Some people say it drove Vincent van Gogh to cut off his own ear.