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June 2020

The Art Issue

This month, visit the Marquis de Lafayette’s “manor of both worlds” in the Auvergne and read our profile of Jean-Paul Goude, the French-American Pygmalion of fashion, who is still going strong at almost 80 years old, combining painting, drawing, and photography – a technique he baptized the “French Correction” in the 1970s. Finally, marvel at the talent of our readers who took part in our “French Art Challenge” while confined at home, recreating paintings by French masters using what they had to hand. The results surpassed our expectations!

Featured Articles




Weaving Modernity

Marie Cuttoli was a visionary woman forgotten by art history books, despite making tapestry weaving a medium for modernity. This friend of American collectors was determined to reboot the Algerian and French weaving industries. She commissioned works by the greatest artists of her time, from Pablo Picasso and Man Ray to Henri Matisse, paving their way to American museum collections.



The Man Who Sculpted Women

What do Grace Jones, Laetitia Casta, and Rihanna have in common? They were all photographed by Jean-Paul Goude, the French-American Pygmalion of fashion, who is still busy cutting up photographs of his models to elongate their silhouettes – just like he did 50 years ago for Esquire when he was the magazine’s art director.




The French, History’s All-Time Losers?

The French excel when it comes to patisserie and haute couture, but are supposedly terrible in warfare with lily-livered soldiers going from one defeat to the next. This cliché has been peddled in the United States since the Wehrmacht entered Paris on June 14, 1940, and the French army surrendered eight days later.

Par Clément Thiery



Homemade Masterpieces

To stave off boredom during lockdown, the Dutch Instagram account Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles have challenged internet users to recreate masterpieces using objects around their homes and to share their pictures online. France-Amérique decided to join in by asking its readers to recreate paintings by French masters.


Table of contents


Lifting the Lockdown: The Deconfinement Plan in France. By Anthony Bulger


Playing by Ear: The Best Podcasts for Francophiles. By Tracy Kendrick


Editorial: We Have a Dream. By Guy Sorman

Dominique Moïsi: “The World’s Leading Military Power Appears Helpless Against the Coronavirus.” By Guy Sorman


Daniel Templon: The Champion of New World Art. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet


The Gentleman’s Style: Master Tailors on Both Sides of the Atlantic. By Julien Scavini


Recipe of the Month: Shellfish Stuffed with Herbs and Ginger. By Gérald Passedat

Wine Pairing. By Nicolas Blanc


Marie Cuttoli: Weaving Modernity. By Prune Perromat

Jean-Paul Goude: The Man Who Sculpted Women. By Clément Thiery

The French, History’s All-Time Losers? By Clément Thiery

French Art Challenge: Homemade Masterpieces. By France-Amérique

Jean Baudrillard in America: The Reluctant Prophet. By Sophie Joubert

Three Questions for Nicole Karam. By Guénola Pellen

Pauline Delabroy-Allard: Life and Literature. By Sophie Joubert


The Observer: As Time Goes By, a Kiss is Not a Kiss… By Anthony Bulger

The Wordsmith: Paronymes et faux amis. By Dominique Mataillet


The Marquis de Lafayette’s “Manor of Both Worlds.” By Gabriel Bertrand

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