I was going to tell you about the Josephine exhibit at the musee du Luxembourg yesterday, but circumstances intervened.
Don't these shoes look rather sturdy to you? They do to me. They belonged to Josephine.
Here's a 3-part story of Josephine (that's the name Napoleon gave her. Her real name was Marie Joseph Rose) according to the exhibit.
1. Napoleon is smitten.
2. He makes Josephine his empress and crowns himself at the same time.
3. He dumps her for another babe who could bare him male issue. France never forgave him and he regretted it deeply on Elba.
Two Josephine exhibits are going on right now at Malmaison and Luxembourg celebrating the 200th anniversary of her death and the first dedicated exclusively to her. hurry, hurry
Swan-like Josie was known for her fabulously graceful manner. Everyone emulated her.
The swan was her emblem. She adored exotic animals and kept a menagerie at Malmaison,
Her swany chaise..
Swans along la Seine Sunday last...
There are many, many portraits of Josephine, a major patron of the arts.
A sketch maquete of a sculpture-to-be.
She was mad for fashion. One gown was made completely of rose petals. In one year she purchased 900 gowns. Napoleon put his foot down.
She was a collector of great style and a leader in every arena of decor and fashion.
Much admired by society though she grew up on an impoverished plantation and only married into aristocracy through her first husband pre-Napoleon.
All of Josephine's secrets revealed in her letters are retold by British author Kate Williams. I can't wait till this comes out in the US. Listen to her tell all Josephine's beauty secrets etc. on Radio Gorgeous.
She decorated Malmaison with great elan
Painting at the Luxembourg exhibit of Josephine's boudoir.
The actual bedroom at Malmaison
She was a passionate botanist and collected
Drawings of the wonderful Pierre-Joseph Redoute to fulfill her fantasies on paper and reflect her collection of roses in her greenhouses. Future Josephines-to-be outside the musee Luxembourg getting into shape.