Leaf Arbuthnot

Leaf Arbuthnot, who studies languages at Cambridge University, has taken a year out to study at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. She is an avid fashion and food blogger (alias Londonette in Paris) and writes regularly for the Cambridge Tab, the UK’s most-read student newspaper.

2012 French Literary Prizes

November 19, 2012 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Books

Juries Choose the Best of Annual Literary Avalanche The shortening days mark more than just the return of icy weather and vin chaud to the French capital; they also herald the launch of the country’s long-awaited literary Oscar season, when … Read More

Tamara de Lempicka: The Queen of Art Deco

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

Glamour Artist of the Roaring Twenties Tamara de Lempicka’s “La Tunique Rose” (Avril 1927). © Tamara Art Heritage. Licensed by Museum Masters International NYC. ADAGP, Paris 2013 The tomboy style and turbulent love life of Tamara de Lempicka made her … Read More

Keith Haring: The Political Line

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

Red Haring SendsStrong Political Message “The Tree of Monkeys” (1984). © Keith Haring Foundation Known for its bold lines, vivid colors and violent imagery, Keith Haring’s art has always packed a punch. It has also always been political, as demonstrated … Read More

Dalou. Le Sculpteur de la République

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

Republican Sculptor of Memorable Monuments Plaster model of “Le Triomphe de la République” (detail depicting Justice). © Eric Emo/Petit Palais/Roger-Viollet Two telling artifacts are shown at the beginning of “Dalou. Le Sculpteur de la République,” the first-ever monographic exhibition devoted … Read More

Yue Minjun: L’Ombre du Fou Rire

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

Chinese Artist Can’t Stop Laughing – on the Outside ”Sky” (1997). © Yue Minjun Yue Minjun’s name may be virtually unknown in France, but his artwork, and above all his laugh, are instantly recognizable. His are the iconic paintings of … Read More

Liu Bolin

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

Chinese Artist Reveals by Concealing “Art Paris,” by Liu Bolin. Courtesy of Liu Bolin et Galerie Paris-Beijing. Many animals and insects use camouflage as a way of concealing themselves from predatory jaws. Guerrilla soldiers, too, have long daubed one another … Read More

Mannequin: Le Corps de la Mode

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

Models: The People Behind the Puppets Model Dorian Leigh photographed by Henry Clarke in 1955. © Henry Clarke/Galliera In these advert-saturated times, it can be easy to tire of fashion photography, with its dour models and outlandish outfits. Paris in … Read More

1931 Face-Dos-Profile

February 7, 2010 | By Leaf Arbuthnot | Archive

A Forgotten Fashion Year Resurrected from the Archives Evening gown is by Paquin, 1931. © Archives de Paris/D12U10 297 Thirties’ fashion is frequently overlooked in favor of more revolutionary styles of the Roaring Twenties. While modern designers often exhume styles … Read More