Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fine art is part of fine living!!

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Gout, Bonjour! Today I would like to address the many values of living with fine art.

When furnishing your interiors, the focal points of your walls becomes very important. A great art work, placed center stage on a wall, can set off a chain reaction. It can dictate the level of sophistication, influence the color scheme as well as the mood developed for the rest of the décor of the room.

Landscape paintings or tapestries have a specialized capacity in that they give you another “window view to look out on”, which becomes more important at night in any room or even by day if the room is lacking in pleasing exterior views.

Still life paintings of eatable subjects are great for enlivening and animating the dining room or the kitchen.

A portrait with a riveting glance can command your attention from all corners of a room!!
The framing of art works is a subject I pay a lot of attention to because the frame not only can enhance your enjoyment of the art work within it, but it can be a work of art in itself. Recently the Musee Arts Decorative wing of the Musee Louvre is taking picture frames seriously and not only exhibits empty frames as works of art in themselves, but has begun including information regarding the frames themselves on labeling of various paintings!

Here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques there is a diverse selection of 18th c and 19th c two dimensional art works : oil paintings and tapestries of various sizes as well as framed and unframed engravings and original drawings.

See here two views of a new “ antique art gallery” section installed here, as well as photographs of some of the many works on view. The last photograph is of some empty Louis XV frames, exhibited as works of art at the Musee Arts Decorative wing of the Musee Louvre.

Please call if you have questions (337 332 2852) , or plan a visit to enjoy these works in person, or visit the web site at

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith

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Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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