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2017 WAG European Champions: Ellie Downie (AA), Coline Devillard (VT), Nina Derwael (UB), Catalina Ponor (BB), Angelina Melnikova (FX)

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White Collar!Gafou au:

Gaston, a renowned con artist, forger, and thief, is captured after a three-year game of cat and mouse with the FBI, the man hunt led by Special Agent LeFou of the White Collar division. 

Upon capture, Gaston, ever the charmer, has hinted that he may possibly know how the FBI could apprehend the person responsible for the recent string of robberies from art museums around the city, specifically paintings from French artists.

It wasn’t me, he swore.
And why should I believe you?, LeFou countered. Considering your penchant for paintings like the Matisse or the Gustave?
Gaston looked genuinely affronted. LeFou, I’m wounded! I thought you’d know that I have more respect for Monet than any other art aficionado–
LeFou smirked, You mean thief.
Alleged, Gaston smirked right back, eyes gleaming.

Regardless of the nickname he goes by now, a name to spite his asshole friends from Quantico, LeFou was no fool. There was no way he would allow himself to be conned by Gaston, no matter how dashing he secretly thought he was [LeFou graduated top of his class, so he wasn’t an idiot… But he also did have eyes, so there’s that].

But reluctantly he realized that the information that Gaston gave him was indeed helpful… In fact it gave them a lead and, because of Gaston’s expertise, they now found a possible suspect.

It took a couple of days, but once they finally caught the thief and acquired the missing Monet, LeFou had to admit that maybe there was something worthwhile in having Gaston as a consultant. 

So with a deal for a newly freed Gaston [baring the fact that he has a shiny ankle bracelet with a limited two mile radius] to help LeFou apprehend dangerous white collar criminals with the FBI as part of his sentence, thus the duo begin their unconventional relationship. 

So what was it?, Gaston later inquires.
What was what?, LeFou asked, distracted by their current case file.
My nickname. C’mon, LeFou, I’ve worked with you all long enough to know that every case gets a nickname. Renaldo was Monet before you ID’d him. This case we’re working on? The Watchtower. What was mine?
LeFou scratched the back of his head, one of his tells that Gaston had quickly picked up on in their early days of working together. I… don’t recall.
Really?, Gaston quirks a brow, leaning in to study the agent until he sat back and feigned nonchalance. Oh. That’s too bad. The sooner we move on, the sooner–
LeFou sighed. That was one of the things he secretly admired about the man before him; when Gaston sets his mind onto something, he’s persisted until he got his way. It was both an admirable and an annoying trait.
Reluctantly, James Bonds.
Gaston blinked. What?
Don’t make me repeat it, LeFou glared.
With a brilliant smile, So because of my forged bonds, you nicknamed me–
Are you done?, LeFou sighed before he waved at the file folder in his hand, Because I can think of better things for you to do.
Okay, okay, Gaston held his hand up in defeat. He got up from his chair across from LeFou’s. Let me go grab us some drinks then. How do you take yours, LeFou? With a glint in his eyes, he added, Shaken or stirred?
Get out.


note: blame the fact that I’ve been marathoning White Collar lately and thus this was born.

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The Graphic Works of Odilon Redon
One of the most expressive artists of the Symbolism movement, Odilon (1840–1916) led a quiet life. Withdrawn in manner, conventional in dress, and virtually unknown for the first half of his career, the French painter and graphic artist drew upon his own startlingly complex and fantastic inner world to create haunting works that reveal an existence beyond that of everyday vision. He transformed common subjects and models into strange, eerie images and exhibited a predilection for spiders and serpents, skeletons and skulls, gnomes and monsters — all rendered in a distinctive style of controlled, delicate realism.
Redon’s popularity arose chiefly among young progressive artists, who considered his works as visual correspondence to the literary symbolism of Mallarmé. Modern devotees regard Redon’s translation of the subconscious world of dreams into visual reality as a precursor to Surrealism. This modestly priced volume offers a rich compilation of the influential artist’s graphic works, with 209 illustrations — 72 lithographs, plus 37 etchings and engravings — depicting unforgettable scenes of fantasy and mystery.

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102 Masterpieces or Paul Signac

This Art Book with Foreword and annotated reproductions by Maria Tsaneva contains 102 selected paintings, watercolors and drawings of Paul Signac.

Paul Signac was a French neo-impressionist artist who, together with Georges Seurat, helped builds up the pointillist style. Signac also left several important works on the theory of art, among them From Eugène Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism, published in 1899; a monograph devoted to Johan Barthold Jongkind, published in 1927; several introductions to the catalogues of art exhibitions; and many other still unpublished writings. Under Monet’s influence Signac neglected the short brushstrokes of impressionism to experiment with systematically juxtaposed small dots of pure color, intended to combine and blend not on the canvas but in the viewer’s eye, the defining feature of pointillism. Many of Signac’s paintings are of the French coast. He loved to paint the water. As president of the Société des Artistes Indépendants from 1908 until his death, Signac encouraged younger artists by exhibiting the controversial works of the Fauves and the Cubists.

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French Covers of English Songs

I’ve seen posts about French songs and French Disney songs, but there are also lots of French covers of famous songs that are originally sung in English, and I don’t think they’ve been mentioned on tumblr before (within the langblr community at least), so here’s a not-so-comprehensive list I compiled:

All these songs are in French; of course the lyrics aren’t exactly the same but they’re pretty close the originals (well, the ones I’ve heard at least; I’ve yet to check out the entire list… I did hear at least a snippet of each song though).

I wrote the English titles instead of the French ones so that you can easily recognize the songs. Each of these artists has many more French covers so be sure to check out their channels.

Also, I made a PLAYLIST right here where I put all the covers I found (the ones that sounded reasonable at least) and I’ll keep adding to it. Or you could just search Youtube for “french cover songs” or “cover français” and you’ll get a whole bunch of songs and playlists as well. Enjoy ;)

“Portrait of a Woman, Called the Marquise Perrin de Cypierre“ (1753) (detail) by Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766).