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Conference: Madeleine Castaing

MADELEINE CASTAING (1894-1992): MORE THAN A STYLE AN ART DE VIVRE, from Montparnasse to Saint-Germain-des-Pres" 


By Frederic Canovas 


Frederic Canovas will host a conference about Madeleine Castaing on Friday, April 13.

Madeleine Castaing was a French antique dealer and interior designer of international renown.

From Montparnasse to Saint-Germain-des-Près, Madeleine Castaing (1894-1992) became a central figure of Parisian life for both artists and art lovers and set new standards in France. When asked what the three most important things in her life were, Castaing would list love, the painter Soutine and her passion for decorating houses. In this visual presentation of Madeleine Castaing, Frédéric Canovas will focus on those three essential aspects of her life and career: her incredible love story with the art critic Marcellin Castaing, her unrelenting support of the Jewish Lithuanian painter Chaim Soutine and, last but not least, her extraordinary talent for interior design, a taste still referred to today as “le goût Madeleine Castaing”.

Frederic Carnovas is a French teacher at ASU. Since 2000 he has taught both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels, on French literature and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, on seventeenth-century French theater as well as on French film.

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Date & Location

Friday, April 13

 6pm - 8pm

Followed by a wine & cheese reception

Alliance Francaise location

$5 member - $10 non-nember

RSVP (480) 948.0728