Located at 12 Place Vendôme, Chaumet will open its doors to the public for the duration of its exhibition in the Baudard de Saint James salons highlighting the role of architecture and the decorative arts as sources of inspiration for jewellery pieces. Visits by reservation only, from 23rd to 30th March. Reservations opening soon.
Louis-Jacques Dubois’s “Cérès” (Château de Compiègne, France) depicts the Roman goddess with a cornucopia of mixed wheat and flowers — they are equally precious to her, a deity worshipped for protecting grain crops and mother-daughter relationships. “Your Golden Hair, Margarete” (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) is a World War II-themed painting by modern artist Anselm Kiefer, based on a poem by Paul Celan.
With its vibrantly rendered straw, the work represents life cycles, fragility, and the German love of land. Impressionists and Fauvists such as Monet, Dufy, and Valtat employed an array of techniques to depict wheat, using color, texture, and pastoral themes. The 1890 work “Wheat Fields With Reaper” by Van Gogh (Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio) is a beloved portrait of the grain’s importance to life in the French countryside.