Night before Lviv

My husband has just left to report from Lviv in Ukraine as a journalist for the Dutch national radio. Although it is relatively quiet there at the moment, it is still quite exciting. I wanted to contribute to support the Ukrainians. One plus one equals two I thought and made …

MADAMADAM, Stadsmuseum Harderwijk

Komend najaar organiseert Stadsmuseum Harderwijk de tentoonstelling MADAMADAM met schilderijen van de Amsterdamse kunstenaar Jitske Schols (geb. 1969, Rotterdam). Schols is gefascineerd door het verstrijken van de tijd. Deze belangstelling begon toen zij een boek las over de voormalige bewoners van het huis waarin ze zelf opgroeide. Het zette haar …

Party at Ermenonville

Harry and Caresse obtained a 20-year lease on a mill outside of Paris in the grounds of the Château d’ Ermenonville, France, which belonged to their friend Armand de la Rochefoucauld, for 2,200 dollar gold pieces (about $33,222 today). They named it “Le Moulin du Soleil” (“The Mill of the …

True love

Caresse and Harry Crosby lived a life of utter dissolution off Harry’s inheritance which, when it ran out, had to be supplemented by telegrams to his banker father such as the infamous, “PLEASE SELL 10,000 WORTH OF STOCK. WE HAVE DECIDED TO LIVE A MAD AND EXTRAVAGANT LIFE”. They madly loved …

Dîner au lit

From their arrival in 1922, the Crosbys led the life of rich expatriates. They were attracted to the bohemian lifestyle of the artists gathering in Montparnasse. They embraced a decadent lifestyle, had an open marriage with numerous ongoing affairs, a suicide pact, frequent drug use, dinner parties from their bed …