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The patinas on the tribal pieces (2)
The shiny patinas occur as a result of repeated rubbing with fats (palm oil), sweat and of course dirt. The intensity and frequency of the rituals can produce quite surprising results. The most flattering are the reddish-brown patinas that Africans call "telephone patina", which is related to the patina that used to be found on bakelite telephones after intensive use.
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The patinas on the tribal pieces (1)
In the field of tribal art, and probably more than in many others, the patina or its absence is the very first element that will orientate our look on the interest of a piece. Unconsciously, it influences our judgment well before the aesthetic and ethnographic qualities of an object.
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The Hydrogen Lighter
Scientists in the late 18th and early 19th centuries vied with each other in their ingenuity to create new ways of igniting fire. In the late 1770s, the famous Italian physicist Alessandro Volta proposed a lighter based on the ignition of hydrogen by electric sparks.
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Monte-Carlo coins
Getting involved in Monegasque numismatics means being able to hope one day to reach the end of one's collection. It also means learning about the history of this principality which is as much admired as it is exasperated (most often by jealousy)... Coveted for centuries by Genoa, Spain, Savoy, and then France, it has succeeded, thanks to the genius of its princes, in surviving despite its small size. Amputated of 2/3 of its surface area at the end of the 19th century, it has managed to rebound to become the state we know today.
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Jean-Luc Beaufils, the last representative of French Modern Art, was born on 18 February 1953. Son of the architect Jean Charles Louis Beaufils, he became familiar with drawing and painting at an early age... From the age of 4, he already showed a predisposition for construction and colour. "I had countless boxes of pencils, I needed to draw. It was a kind of refuge. As a teenager I was probably a bit of a dreamer.
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Raymond Espinasse
Born in Toulouse on 8 September 1897. After serving in the army during the First World War, Raymond Espinasse decided to leave his native city in 1925 to settle in Paris. It was at the beginning of this century that he discovered the new aesthetic data: Fauvism and Cubism.
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Gen-Paul : Le dernier des grands expressionnistes de l'école de Montmartre
Gen Paul was born on July 2, 1895, 96 rue Lepic in Montmartre to a mother who was an embroiderer and a father who was a cabaret musician, clarinettist and pianist. After attending kindergarten on rue de Caulaincourt and studying at the communal school on rue Lepic, he obtained his school certificate in 1908 and became a butcher's boy.
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History of cameos
Théophile Gautier said of cameos: "Each piece was to be a medallion to be set on the lid of a box, a seal to be worn on the finger set in a ring, something that recalled the impressions of ancient medals that we see in painters and sculptors. These brooches, with their antique profiles, delicately placed on the necks of the Romantics of the late 19th century, are the result of an art that goes back to Antiquity.
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The art of tapestry
Tapestries are an essential element of the decorative art; nothing is more brilliant, more magic than these "pieces of fabric", so qualified by the encyclopedists, being used to cover the walls. The term "tapestry" can thus be given to any fabric used to cover the walls of a house.
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