One of the newer fashion houses, Valentino was founded in Rome in the 1960s by Valentino Garavani. By the end of its first decade of existence, famous customers already included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Margaret.
The brand continued to rise before Garavani and his 'associate' Giancarlo Giammetti sold the company in the late 1990s, and although officially retired, both are known for their love of luxury, partying and art, owning many chateaux around the world and much important modern art by artists such as Cy Twombly, Picasso, Warhol and Damien Hirst.
Indeed excess mixed with impeccable good taste seem to be the brand's strong points. It is said that when Valentino goes to the airport to use his private jet, three cars are needed: one for him, one for his luggage and one to transport his numerous dogs. Now THAT's style!
Being one of the most fascinating and challenging painting techniques, the technique of pastel was actually very popular and fashionable among the 19th - century artists. French artists, like Edgar Degas, for instance, innovated this technique and employed it with an almost expressionist spirit, making it his primary medium to create some of the finest pieces of art.
Today, the Petit Palais des Champs Elysées Paris gives you an unparalleled chance to see a large body of works made with pastels and which have rarely been shown.
Over 150 pieces out of the museum’s collection which holds around two hundred masterpieces await you. So, don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to discover them.
From Renoir to Gauguin to Degas, many iconic artists are present through their works.
"The art of the pastel of Degas to Redon" started from September 15th, 2017, and will last until April 8th, 2018. So, consider visiting the art museum of the Petit Palais.