8 people max
The Arnolfini room is a nod to a painting by the famous Flemish master Jan Van Eyck: the Arnolfini couple. A very symbolic canvas where a holy spirit overhangs the couple (symbolized by the single candle of the chandelier). Thick velvet, subdued lights and dark walls are the prerogative of a Flemish spirit of the 14th and 15th century and carried by this famous cloth merchant that was the Arnolfini, sponsor of this eponymous canvas. The evanescent shapes are the symbol of a lightness proper to this dark cocoon in which the guests will evolve for a few hours.
14 people max
Alice’s room is a wink to this young girl put forward by L. Carroll… Tired of grown-ups and dreaming of utopian or even surrealist environments. The candor of childhood in this shade of pink notes with this organized bazaar in the image of the surrealists.
Between lightness and madness, between sweetness and malice.
JO, OU L’ORIGINE DU MONDE
9 people max, forbidden to those under 18
Gambetta said of this painting « It was at Khalil Bey’s house… In front of the painting, we were exhausted in enthusiastic sentences… Courbet then said with his big, fat, drawling voice: “You think it’s beautiful… and you’re right… Yes, it’s very beautiful, and look, Titian, Veronese, THEIR Raphael, MYSELF have never done anything more beautiful.” ».
The XIX century saw the beginnings of a pictorial revolution in the representation of the nude, whose main actors were Courbet and Manet. Courbet rejected academic painting and its smooth, idealized nudes, but also directly attacked the hypocritical decorum of the Second Empire, where a form of eroticism was tolerated when it was a question of mythological or dream painting.