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Born to a prosperous family of milliners in the French port city of Nantes, James Tissot, like his parents, had an eye for fashion and a head for business.
Both Dadaism and surrealism were movements started not by visual artists but by poets; it was the book, not the canvas, that was terra firma.
Courtier, boudoir aficionado, jailbird, and escape artist, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798) was the perpetual motion libertine of Enlightenment Europe. He wrote what is probably history’s most salacious tell-all, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), recounting all he did, and, to the delight of art lovers, some of what he saw.