Divas in Paris: Art & History 1

Divas in Paris: Art & History 1

Preparing for a trip to Paris is almost as wonderful as actually being there. I’ve created a web page to document my research and keep you all posted of the agenda possibilities. I hope you’ll let me know if you’re interested in visiting Paris with me and what you’d like to see and do while there.

Until then, I’ve outlined the 3 areas of focus for our agenda:


  1. Art and History
  2. Photography
  3. Culture

You’ll see this post on the Divas in Paris page and all future posts, as well. As we already posted – I love Paris and hope you’ll see why.

Art & History

I love to explore the overlapping of Art and History, particularly when there are overlapping American and French stories. For example, did you know:

1. Samuel F.B. Morse

The creator of the “Morse” code – and inventor of the electromagnetic telegraph actually began his career as an artist.  In 1829 Samuel F. B. Morse set sail for Paris to continue his studies and practice as a “historical painter”, per his passport.

After visiting the Louvre, he recognized it as a model for the United States. Once a royal palace, the Louvre had been “repurposed” as national museum displaying the royal treasures, open and free to everyone. Morse wanted to bring the image and concept of the Louvre – a centralized collection of great art – back to the U.S. There were so few opportunities to see art in America and where art classes and training resources of quality were not available.

Gallery of the Louvre by Morse

Gallery of the Louvre

His monumental painting of the gallery, he hoped, would attract large audiences who would pay for viewings. That did not happen

It is said that his work on Gallery of the Louvre inspired him to search for ways other than physically, to communicate across the oceans. As his experiments with the telegraph took over, he eventually gave up his painting career.

The Terra Foundation

The Gallery of the Louvre is in the permanent collection of the Terra Foundation‘s International Headquarters in Chicago.

The Terra Foundation has a Paris Center, 121 rue de Lille in the 7th, and several artists’ studios in Giverney near Claude Monet’s house and gardens, about 40 miles outside of Paris. I’ve inquired about scheduled exhibits planned for October, 2018. The Terra Foundation’s Paris or Giverney locations may be on our agenda.

3 thoughts on “Divas in Paris: Art & History 1”

  • Hi Lynnelle, I know we’ve corresponded about this trip before; just adding our names here as well. Interested, depending on the state of our finances next October. Most of all interested in how everyday people live, less so in traditional tourist destinations. Oh yeah, and croissants. 😉

  • Can you give me more details on the Paris trip? I’ll look back through this to see if I missed anything but specific dates? Do you have a price estimate? specific hotel? Is this guided or just a group with a common itinerary? I could be really interested in the trip.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I’m sorry for the delay in getting this reply out to you! Thanks for the note and I’m excited about the trip. There’s not a lot of details yet, but that’s good because I’m waiting to see the specific interests before putting of confirmed plans down. My main goal is to not do the traditional “tour”. If I may, I’d like to email you at your gmail address with some of my thoughts at this point. Let me know if it’s ok to do that.

      Anyone else interested in Paris next October, post here and I’ll add you to the communication list. Merci!!

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