Tag Archives: France

1784: First Woman to Fly

On June 4, 1784, at the age of 19, a French opera singer named Élisabeth Thible became the first woman aeronaut in history by ascending in a hot air balloon in Lyon. A painter named M. Fleuranthad had been scheduled … Continue reading

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1890: That Kind of Day

Gustave Moreau: A Dead Poet being Carried by a Centaur (c. 1890)

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1877: Self-Referential

Émile Friant: Tube of Gouache (1877)

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1918: Mysterious Island

N. C. Wyeth: Endpapers for a 1918 edition of Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island (1874). The book, a sequel to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, recounts the adventures of five Union soldiers who escape their Confederate captors in a hot … Continue reading

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1864: Bird and Weeds

Léon Bonvin: Landscape with Bird and Weeds (1864)

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1789: The Bastilles Made from the Bastille

Pierre-François Palloy owned one of the largest building firms in Paris when the Bastille fell on July 14, 1789, and, after some debate over the fate of the prison that had come to symbolize tyranny in the city, he acquired … Continue reading

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1922: Dada for All

L’optimisme dévoilé pour: les thés mondains les fabricants de boîtes d’allumettes l’ennui d’argent une nuit d’ordre supérieur un cylindre d’azote couvert d’un chapeau haut-de-forme un philosophe tombé dans les plaisirs des cascades vierges un beau paysage alpin avec la lune … Continue reading

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