Renaissance Architecture in France

Renaissance architecture in France is some of the finest in Europe, and is most often seen in the country’s iconic chateaus. In this post we’ll take a look at how Renaissance architecture first came to France, and five of the country’s most famous chateaus, focusing particularly on their Renaissance features. How did Renaissance architecture arrive in France? In the late 1400s and early 1500s, the … Continue reading Renaissance Architecture in France

Seven of the Most Famous French Playwrights

Sadly, French playwrights are often overlooked in comparison to the greats of Anglophone and Greek theatre like Sophocles and Shakespeare. Perhaps with the exception of Molière, most can’t name a single French playwright. To try and right this wrong, I’ve made a list of seven of my favourite acclaimed French dramatists, along with an introduction to their style and most famous plays. These playwrights were … Continue reading Seven of the Most Famous French Playwrights

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) was a French painter who was one of the handful of female artists in the Impressionist group. Her oeuvre is largely made up of domestic scenes, many of which depict members of her own family, including her husband Eugène Manet and their daughter Julie. Scenes of street life and urban entertainment, which were depicted by many of her male colleagues, would have … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Berthe Morisot

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte was a French painter and art collector who is best-known for his scenes of urban life in Paris, including The Floor Scrapers, Paris Street, Rainy Day, and Le Pont de l’Europe. He joined the Impressionists in the 1870s and helped with both the funding and organising of their exhibitions. Caillebotte shared their interest in modern life, bright colours, and natural light, but combined … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Gustave Caillebotte

Five of the Most Famous French Poems with their English Translations

As well as creating some of the greatest novels in Western literature, French writers have also produced some of its finest poetry. Throughout the centuries, the universal themes of love, death, nature, and war have all been explored by French poets in their stanzas and rhymes. Our small selection of some of the finest French poems consists of those by Victor Hugo, Arthur Rimbaud, Jacques … Continue reading Five of the Most Famous French Poems with their English Translations

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Jean-François Millet

Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) was a French painter who is famed for his depictions of peasant life. He was a leading figure in the Barbizon School, a school of painting that was very influential in bringing Realism to landscape painting in France. The school was named after the village of Barbizon, where Millet arrived in 1849 and would spend most of the rest of his life. … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Jean-François Millet

Expressions and Slang to talk about Money in French

Money is one of those topics in French where there’s a countless number of slang terms, idioms, and expressions. Unfortunately, just knowing that l’argent means “money” is not going to get you by, especially in conversations with younger native speakers. Fret not though, because this article takes a look at some of the most widely used slang and expressions related to money. On y va … Continue reading Expressions and Slang to talk about Money in French

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat (1859-91) was a French painter who is best known for pioneering Pointillism, a neo-Impressionist technique in which countless tiny dots are applied to the canvas. His most famous works are his scenes of suburban leisure: Bathers at Asnières and A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. However, he also produced excellent landscapes and seascapes during his various summer vacations, as well as numerous scenes … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Georges Seurat

Eight New Year’s Traditions in France

The French celebrate the New Year much like everybody else: they have parties with friends and family, countdown to midnight, let off fireworks, and even go for a New Year’s swim. Nevertheless, there are certain traditions and customs that are unique to France, and are definitely well-worth knowing if you plan to spend the New Year there.The French generally refer to New Year’s Eve as … Continue reading Eight New Year’s Traditions in France

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was a Danish-French painter who was a leading figure in the Impressionist movement. He is best known for his landscape paintings, but also produced excellent works depicting urban areas, such as the industrialised waterfront in Rouen and the new boulevards in Paris. Although his artistic career was largely dominated by Impressionism, Pissarro also experimented with other styles, including Pointillism. He began to … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Camille Pissarro