Jeu de Paume

ELEGANCE A LA FRANCAISE

Laure Albin Guillot (1879-1962) is more than a photographer with sense of french classic style. She is a super woman!

I had absolutely no idea she was constantly producing new works, exploring unusual techniques, publishing books and having very high positions in different French Institutions.

Her delicate nudes, portraits, photo illustrations for books, advertisment campaigns, micrography, all respire elegance.

This Etude de nu, 1935 looks very Renaissance. Guess who has the same but painted smile? 

Laure’s studio was a place of meeting of her friends. Above the portrait of young Hubert de Givenchy, 1948.

From the micrography series. (Feels familiar? You remember old french book editions? They used artist’s prints for covers.)

Laure Albin Guillot is exposed at Jeu de Paume, Paris until the 12th of May.

Теннис

Те́ннис, или большой теннис — вид спорта, в котором соперничают либо два игрока («одиночная игра»), либо две команды, состоящие из двух игроков («парная игра»). Задачей соперников (теннисистов или теннисисток) является при помощи ракеток отправлять мяч на сторону соперника так, чтобы тот не смог его отразить, не более чем после первого падения мяча на игровом поле на половине соперника.
У современного тенниса есть официальное название «лаун-теннис» (англ. lawn [lɔːn] — лужайка) для отличия от реал-тенниса (или «жё-де-пом», во французском варианте названия) — более старой разновидности, в которую играют в закрытых помещениях и на совершенно другом типе корта. Теннис является олимпийским видом спорта.

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Rose Valland (1898-1980) was an art historian, member of the French Resistance, and one of the most decorated women in the history of the nation. During the Second World War, she recorded details of the Nazi plundering of art collections belonging to Jewish people, and helped save thousands of works of art.

Educated to a high level in art history, she worked for the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, and secretly kept records of the museum’s artwork to protect it from the German forces. In 1944, her information was crucial to helping the French resistance prevent a train full of national art from leaving Paris. She received numerous medals and awards, in her home country and beyond, in recognition of her work.

The National Assembly taking the Tennis Court Oath (by Jacques-Louis David)
The Tennis Court Oath (French: Serment du jeu de paume) was a pivotal event during the first days of the French Revolution. The Oath was a pledge signed by 576 of the 577 members from the Third Estate who were locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General on 14 June 1789. The only person who did not sign was Joseph Martin-Dauch, a politician who would not execute decisions not sanctioned by the king. They made a makeshift conference room inside a tennis court located in the Saint-Louis district of the city of Versailles, near the Palace of Versailles.