George Sand, A Great Olfactive Writer - Un Grand Ecrivain Olfactif à la Croisée du Parfum & de la Musique, Nov 13, 2012 {Scented Paths & Fragrant Addresses}



The Osmothèque will organize a conference entitled "Un Grand Ecrivain Olfactif à la Croisée du Parfum & de la Musique" given by Annick Le Guérer in Paris on Tuesday November 13th, 2012. It is dedicated to an examination of the art of olfactive writing in the works of romantic writer George Sand. Her relationship, both artistic and personal to music- she was the lover of both Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt - will also be considered. Perfume is often said by the perfumers themselves to have great affinities with music.

George Sand is less well-known as an olfactive writer than Marcel Proust, or even Colette. She was however very aroma-conscious nicknaming herself "Piffoël" in reference to her attention to smells and the extra length of her nose which was often made the butt of jokes by caricaturists...


 Annick Le Guérer will speak about Sand's love of roses, her evocation of hawthorns, the smells of her native Berry. There will also be illustrative material with the possibility to smell those aromas that played a great role in her life, including one perfume. 

Perfumer Nicolas de Barry previously recreated a perfume worn by George Sand, based on patchouli, her favorite ingredient. Maître Parfumeur et Gantier George Sand is one of the best patchouli perfumes available and the result of a genuine effort to reconstitute with as much historical accuracy as possible the scent that charmed her. 

Actress Juliette Binoche wore Patchouli by Réminiscence to help her enter in character for her interpretation of George Sand in the movie Les enfants du siècle

It is also one of the favorite perfumery materials of Parisians as you often pick it up on them.

When? At 6:30 pm sharp. Till 8 pm. A glass of Champagne will be offered after the conference.  

Where? Galerie de Nicolaï, rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris. 

Métro Palais-Royal - Louvre

Parking Louvre

Reservations: sdauber at akeonet point com / 06 60 63 68 80

Non-members: 20€ (check). Members: free

Via the Société des Amis de l'Osmothèque. 

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