Art weekend in Paris at the unmissable Salon du Dessin

This year’s exhibitors at Salon du Dessin have selected exceptional drawings by old masters as well as modern and contemporary artists. Over 1000 drawings were gathered together in the historic setting of Palais Brongniart.

Here is Losing My Hair personal choice of top 5 most wanted hit parade! See the pictures.

From the left to the right: Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino (1591-1666) A boy seen from rear; Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), A Cow and a Mutton (formerly in the collection of Arthur Kay); Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola called Parmigianino (1503-1540) Study fo the Virgin; Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1766) Le Loup et le Renard, original drawing for the Fables de La Fontaine; and Guido Reni (1575-1642) Head of an Angel

Last but not the least a beautiful collection of tiaras. That was quite amazing in fact. And rarely seen before.

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Cowshed & the City: keeping warm in snowy London

Cowshed’s global spa collection is a myth for me in London… especially the Cowshed Clarendon Cross. Tucked away in tranquil Holland Park this branch of Cowshed is the ideal rural retreat in the City, my private ultimate indulgent urban retreat.

Sourrounded by withewashed walls and magical candles, I love to relax myself comfortably sitted on oversized, luxurious recliner chairs, in front of a vintage TV that shows episodes of Friends or Sex & The City.

The Detox & Brighten Express LED Facial treatment (45 mins | £75) is excatly what I need after a long weekend. Recently launched in collaboration with The Light Salon and using an express skin rejuvenation technology, these quick treatments use LED light technology due to its reported benefits. Light therapy is a natural, non-invasive treatment that is completely safe and suitable for all ages and skin types. It’s ideal  for all-round skin health, delivering energy into the cells to boost the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

After my treatment, I usually enjoy a detoxing green tea with a delicious bite to eat from traditional home-made selection of cakes, sandwiches, soups and salads…. “I could stay here until the cows come home”.

A Woman Behind the Genius. Picasso’s muse at auction

The art market is always fascinating. Reading the list of the highest known prices paid for paintings gives us pleasure, passion and thrill, just like a detective story!

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The current world record price is approximately $450 million paid for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in November 2017. But how about the artist who’s widely considered one of the greatest and most influential painter of the 20th century and the creator of cubism?

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Yes, we are talking about Pablo Ruiz y Picasso. His Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) will be offered by Sotheby’s in its Impressionist and Modern art evening auction in London this evening, 28 February. The painting is likely to be the evening’s top lot, with an estimated £36.5m ($50m) price tag.

 

The overall record for a Picasso was set in 2015 with the sale of the 1955 painting Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) for $179.4 million at Christie’s while Picasso’s Femme Assise, painted in the summer of 1909 — when the artist traveled to the remote Spanish village of Horta de Ebro, which could only be reached by mule — sold for $63.7 million at Sotheby’s in London in 2016, making it the most expensive Cubist painting ever sold at auction. 

 

Let’s see if this will remain an unbeaten record! Losingmyhairinmayfair will be there for you to experience the thrill of the auction!

Dürer e il Rinascimento: a lavish exhibition in Milan

The aim of the exhibition, curated by Prof. Bernard Aikema, is to present the great figure of Albrecht Dürer for the very first time not only to the Milanese public, but also to Italian and international audiences. Losingmyhair couldn’t miss this very special occasion and just like the painter has flown to Italy!

Dürer visited Italy – Venice and probably Bologna – once or maybe twice. His engagement with Italian art and ideas sums up one of the most sublime episodes of the visual culture of the European Renaissance, which arose in the exchange between the German world (not limited to Dürer) and northern Italy between the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

These relationships are illustrated in the exhibition through a series of comparisons between Dürer’s pictorial and graphic works and highly significant works from northern Italy and the Po Valley – some known and others rarely seen – by artists ranging from Solario to Bartolomeo Veneto, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Giorgione and many others.

Among them, three works by Leonardo da Vinci, the Saint Jerome from the Vatican Museums and two breathtaking drawings, one of which owned by Her Majesty the Queen and normally kept away from public view at Windsor Castle.

Worthwhile flying to the land where lemons grow…

De Nittis’s foggy Westminster

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile is a fascinating insight into how London was perceived by the visiting French artists between 1870 and 1904. The remarkable works that came from their time here are not to be missed.

This exhibition will provide an unparalleled opportunity to view one of the most extraordinary masterpiece by Giuseppe De Nittis still in a private collection: Westminster (1878). Painted more than twenty years before Monet’s Houses of Paliament series, the red haze of the sky and river mingles with the smoke of Thames workers standing on the bridge in the foreground perfeclty ceonveys a palpably stifling atmosphere.

De Nittis, who spent much of his life in France, was able to represent a wide range of weather conditions, allowing him to paint London fogs – as in this painting – and Italian sunshine with equal success. Go and stare at an absolute beauty rarely put on public display.

 

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/ey-exhibition-impressionists-london

Your Private #MidaMilk

I love #gold since I was a baby…. and in the heart of Notting Hill there is an artist which makes always my own “Golden milk”. Not of gold, just a combination and juiced turmeric root which is rightfully considered to be a superfood.

GoldenMilk2As mostly known as a curry ingredient, turmeric is the latest health-food trend (thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop) from Ayurvedic medicine – a holistic, a natural approach to health practised in India.

 

Nama, in Talbot Road, is a fantastic spot to try raw food and golden milk for the first time, exactly what I need in this cold and rainy February.

https://namafoods.com

A good Negroni in a dismessed public convenience…

Enjoy your Negronis in an old Victorian toilet!! No, I am not made!!

Descend the iron railing clad stairwell inside an elegant 1930’s style cocktail bar. The Bermondsey Arts Club & Cocktail Bar is famous for bespoken cocktails with seasonal ingredients from local markets.

From a dismissed public convenience to an ultra contemporary, chic and ultimately unique bar with brass panelings, amber glass features and a marble-clad bar and table tops.

http://bermondseyartsclub.co.uk

 

Bright your day with Winnie the Pooh

In the collections of the V&A, among ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture and sculpture, you can find Shepard’s original drawings of Winnie the Pooh, the most adored fiction character of all time.

No doubt these delicate drawings  deserve to be on display in a museum: in 2014 one of the most famous images of Winnie the Pooh was sold for £314,500 at Sotheby’s, three times its estimate! 

 

English author A.A. Milne (who passed away on 31st January 1956) named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin

Visit the unmissable exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The dearest chubby bear of very little brain can really bright your day!

https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/winnie-the-pooh-exploring-a-classic

Can’t help loving Le Marche

I am always very jealous of my top five restaurants in London but I can’t help sharing this special place with you. Some years ago, I spent a beautiful vacation in one of Italy’s hidden gem, Le Marche region… and it was love at first sight!

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Imagine beautiful landscapes, sloped hill medieval towns, Crivelli’s altarpieces timidly hold back in small churches and a deeply traditional food – blessed with bounty from the mountains, farmland and sea. Needless to say, my hair was wonderful.

Happily, you can taste a piece of Le Marche in London too, at Rossodisera restaurant.

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Handily located near Covent Garden’s theatreland, Rossodisera restaurant is done up like a typical Italian country house (the wall are tiled with ancient red bricks directly from Le Marche). With traditional products sourced from small producers in Le Marche. You can try olive all’ascolana here, along with prosciutto, fettuccine with goose sauce, roast lamb with garlic and rosemary served with artichoke casserole, and oven-roasted stuffed rabbit.

There’s a great selection of drinks too, including Varnelli Anice Secco, a special liquor, ideal to have your Caffè Corretto!

There is place in London where Le Marche really shines…

An extraordinary collection of antiquities

Sir John Soane’s advice was not to visit his extraordinary collection of antiquities in case of bad weather, because clouds, fog and the grey light of the city would have spoiled all the exquisite hues and magical effects of mirrors, stained glasses and colour patterns within his house.

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The house at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in fact offered no possibility to allow light into the internal spaces through a conventional window. These restrictions saw Soane design a series of roof lanterns – known as lumiére mystérieuse – that provided him with the possibility of letting luminescence through a space along a flank wall, reflecting it into the interior, and illuminating objects on display in a dramatic way: he wanted to recreate the souther Italian light!

The distinguished British architect John Soane (1753-1837) has transformed and influenced the way we look at and experience spaces through the modulation of light and views.

 

Our suggestion? No matter the weather, go and experience a real emotional challenge!