getty france

IRAQ. Bashur. Nineveh governorate. Shaqouli. November 11, 2016. A woman with a cat waits for transportation to a nearby village. She has fled fighting in Mosul, where Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State.

Photograph: Odd Andersen/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink:

“Presumed Portrait of the Duc de Choiseul and Two Companions”, ca. 1775, Jacques Wilbaut, The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Pink and brown look great together, but pink and green is even better.

But, who were these stylish people? Well the one in fashionable green is the Duc de Choiseul (who was known for being "a wonderful mixture of selfishness and charm and recklessness and exquisite taste”), the woman in pink is his mistress, Madamme de Brionne and the man in brown is the Abbé Barthélemy who was the curator of the king Louis XV’s collection of antiquities.

The three of them were close friends and the portrait made in a simple informal setting we can see their exquisite fashion taste and the affection they share.

Are these your squad goals? I bet they are.

All is vanity

A large skeleton stretches out on its back with hands raised in prayer. An owl perches on a winged hourglass, a snake coils round a funeral torch, and a crow takes off in flight. Arranged on a staircase, human skulls sport the tiaras and crowns of temporal and spiritual powers. Wealth and power are condemned, but so are the arts and the sciences, whose instruments accompany the corpse.

Vanitas with Skeleton: Death Is the Wages of Sin, ca. 1680, Michel Mosin. Engraving. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la Photographie, Réserve AA-5 (Mosin, Michel). Photo credit: BnF

On view in A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715 at the Getty Research Institute.


Views of Versailles from the 1920s by photographer Eugène Atget

A mob stormed the palace of Versailles during the night of October 5, 1789. No French head of state ever resumed permanent residence there, though everyone from Bonaparte to De Gaulle and Sarkozy have spent extended time living in pavilions on the grounds.

Atget became obsessed with Versailles, which he saw as the embodiment of French civilization—a blend of elegance, order, and baroque excess. He worked there from 1901 until his death over 25 years later.