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Inhabitants of the Museum: Yvette Guilbert

On occasion of the presentation, this September, of a selection of works from the Musée d’Orsay within the context of our permanent collection, which we have given the title of “Picasso discovers Paris”, we want to enlarge our gallery of inhabitants of the museum with a biographical profile of the singer, actress and composer Yvette Guilbert. Star of the chanson from the end of the 19th century, Guilbert is most likely the protagonist of two of the paintings that Picasso did on his first trips to the French capital: «The End of the Number» and «The Fortuneteller».

Earth, water and fire, ingredients of the kitchen and pottery

Earth, water and fire are the essential ingredients of the kitchen and pottery, activities linked in the origin of humanity. For the first humans, fire represented a point of inflection due to the incorporation in the diet of cooked foods, but also for other uses such as protection against predators or the development of utensils made from ceramics and other materials.

The kitchen of shortages and hardships in time of war

With the declaration of Second World War, which took place between 1939 and 1945, most of the European countries were involved in a military conflict with more than 60 million deaths, between military and civilians, with the great drama of the Jewish Holocaust. It was a dark time for culture and freedom of opinion, where many artists emigrated to the American continent or had to live half-hidden in the countries occupied by the German army. (more…)

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