Van Gogh’s Literary Influences

“Books and reality and art are the same kind of thing for me.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

In 1888, Vincent Van Gogh sold The Red Vineyard, a vibrant field of color abuzz with laborers, to an intimate supporter of the hungry artist for today’s equivalent of $2000. These days, a single painting by Van Gogh More

In 1888, Vincent Van Gogh sold The Red Vineyard, a vibrant field of color abuzz with laborers, to an intimate supporter of the hungry artist for today’s equivalent of $2000. These days, a single painting by Van Gogh can go for as much $66m at Sotheby’s, and Van Gogh™ is a billion dollar industry. And the topper is that The Red Vineyard, if sold today, probably would be the single most expensive painting ever bought, not because it was the most popular artist’s best, but because it’s the only one he ever sold in his lifetime. (Wow.)

Over the decades there have been a number of film accounts of Van Gogh’s work and life, from Stanley Kubrick’s Kirk Douglas-driven Technicolor slave revolt from Black-and-White, to the more recent BBC biopic, Painted with Words, starring Benedict Cumberbatch with a script derived solely from Van Gogh’s written words. Continue reading “Van Gogh’s Literary Influences”

Albert Camus “The Plague”

“In January 1941, the twenty-eight year old French writer Albert Camus began work on a novel about a virus that spreads uncontrollably from animals to humans and ends up destroying half the population of a representative modern town. It was called La Peste / The Plague, eventually published in 1947 and frequently described as the greatest European novel of the postwar period”

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Explore French Culture from Your Couch

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are home-bound this winter. But culture can provide a thrilling escape, even from your couch. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite podcast episodes, videos, playlists, and more so you can take a deep dive into contemporary and classic French and Francophone cultures––without leaving your apartment.

Listen to The Thing About France Podcast

Did you know that David Sedaris loves French-style frozen food? Or that being in Paris makes Gloria Steinem feel like she’s in a village? Podcast fans will love The Thing About France, which explores the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and the United States through intimate with artist Mickalene Thomas, chef Daniel Rose (Le Coucou), Jonathan Galassi (President and Publisher at Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and many more! Listen here.

Dive into Geopolitics with the French Embassy’s FrancoFiles Podcast

FrancoFiles gives listeners a chance to explore geopolitical issues and get a behind the scenes look at French diplomatic and consular missions in Washington D.C. through the podcast medium. Learn about La Maison Française, biodiversity, the Michelin Guide, and more.[ . . . ] Continue reading “Explore French Culture from Your Couch”