Coco Chanel Hotel Ritz and Charles Le Brun

Coco Chanel Hotel Ritz and Charles Le Brun
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Coco Chanel lived in the Hotel Ritz in Paris until her death. How was her room decorated? Of course smartly. But nobody knew that she has a Baroque painting by Charles Le Brun on her room walls.

Coco Chanel Hotel Ritz and Charles Le Brun

Coco Chanel Hotel Ritz and Charles Le Brun

The hotel Ritz in Paris has just discovered a painting by Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) in the luxurious room where Coco Chanel lived until her death in 1971.

The current owner of the hotel Ritz in Paris is the millionaire Mohamed Al Fayed and he has declared that he didn’t know that the painting was in his hotel.

The painting is ‘The sacrifice of Polyxena’ and is a jewel of the Baroque style. Don’t forget that Charles Le Brun was the official painter of the French king Louis XIV, who considered him the ‘best painter of every time’.

The painting is going to be auctioned by an initial value of 500,000 euros in Christie’s in Paris.

However, previously, Mohamed Al Fayed is going to show it in New York, on January 26, 2013, during the annual auction of old masters. He will dedicated the work to his dead son Dodi Al Fayed, who died in a car accident with Lady Di in 1997.

Definitely, even now Coco Chanel is surprising us! Fantastic woman!

**Charles Le Brun (24 February 1619 – 22 February 1690) was a French painter and art theorist. Declared by Louis XIV “the greatest French artist of all time”, he was a dominant figure in 17th century French art. Le Brun always treated to make his paintings speak through a series of symbols, costumes and gestures that allowed him to select the narrative elements that gave his paintings a fantastic depth. For him, a painting represented a story one could read. Nearly all his compositions have been reproduced by celebrated engravers.

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  • what a story! and the whole cast of characters…starting of course with the lady herself, coco – so odd how things/events/people overlap touch and re-touch through the ages – thanks so much for sharing!

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