🇫🇷 Carolands was designed by the greatest architect of his time, Frenchmen Ernest-Paul Sanson, who was educated at the prestigious L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and awarded the highest honor in France, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1911. Amongst his many important architectural commissions, was the above Château de Menetou-Salon for the Prince and Princess Auguste d'Arenberg, located in the town of the same name. Sanson was hired in 1884 to renovate the existing castle from the Middle Ages and to expand upon new additions for the modern and comfortable living for the noble family. The family have occupied the Château since the 1400’s through today when they opened it for guided tours of the Château, Stables and Winery.

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Le Bal masqué. Jules Frederic Ballavoine (French, 1855-1901). Oil on canvas.

Ballavoine is considered a still-life, genre and landscape painter from the French school. He received his formal art training at the L'Ecole de Beaux-Arts under historical painter Isidore Alexandre Augustin Pils. Ballavoine debuted at the Salon of 1877 and exhibited there until 1897.

Christian de Laubadère

French artist Christian de Laubadère’s ‘Neck’ paintings are unusual and refined. Living and working in Shanghai, the artist produces works that are a curious combination of both French and Chinese traditions. Using a charcoal background and chiaroscuro technique, he paints enigmatic and fascinating pictures of the napes of women’s necks.
For the artist, this part of the body is a powerful symbol of femininity and sensuality. Never revealing their faces, the elegant figures are embellished with antique fabrics and lace, creating in his works a mysterious fusion of his French heritage and adopted Chinese culture.

Christian de Laubadere was born in Gascogne, France in 1945. He obtained his Masters Degree in Fine Arts from l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He paints on paper and canvas using lead pencils, black smoke (sfumato), charcoal and other media, as well as printed and embroidered textiles collected from China and France.

La liseuse (1950-1952). Roger Chapelain-Midy (French, 1904-1992). Oil on canvas. Birmingham Museums Trust.

Chapelain-Midy trained at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts and also in the atelier Cormon. After being released from military service, Chapelain-Midy enrolled at the Academie de Montparnasse. In 1927 he exhibited at the Salon de Automne and became a member in the same year.