Honey, I’m home (after 70 years)!

239446-original1-0k31yNazis occupy Paris. Lady fed up and leaves for south of France. Never returns but keeps paying rent. Dies at 91. Nobody goes into her apartment until recently, when it was found untouched since her departure 70 years before. A photo shoot of her apartment as she left it in 1942 elicits one word. Wow!

Madame de Florian, its owner, was an actress and socialite. A painting of her by Giovanni Boldini, her lover, was sold for millions after its discovery in her apartment (which she owned but paid rent on, or association fees, until she died) in 2010. It is the only thing that was dusted off. It remains a mystery why she never returned to the apartment. Ah! … the painting!?

Here is a description of the apartment after it was found with all her decoration intact. I enjoyed especially seeing, several photographs down in the story, her Mickey Mouse because we recently got an identical item for our son Billy, 4, to help him recover from his recent tonsillectomy. No ostrich, though, son!

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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