Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

The Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir needs no introduction. One of France’s most famous painters, most of us know his works even if we didn’t know that he was the artist, because they have become such an integral part of popular culture either as posters, greetings cards or table mats etc. And, this year the towns of the Boucle de Seine known as the “cradle of Impressionism” celebrate the centenary of his death. To read the full article about Pierre-Auguste Renoir in English and French and other sections, subscribe to The Snippet.…

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Tea with Dame Jacqueline Wilson / Un thé en compagnie de Dame Jacqueline Wilson

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, multi-million bookselling British author and former Children’s Laureate, bubbles with energy from her silver-ringed fingers to her leopard print boots. Hot-footing it on the Eurostar and onwards to London Paddington and to the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Europe’s largest, we’re delighted to have tea with writing royalty. Mind you, she’s had tea with the Queen, with JK Rowling present. Seeing adverts in the local papers with photos and bios of children searching for foster parents, she created fictional foster-care child Tracy Beaker. Tragi-defiant Tracy and a BBC…

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