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Luca Turin

Luca Turin: The World Upside Down

Luca Turin’s blog on perfume, “Duftnotes,” began in 2005 and sadly ended in 2010. Some wonderful folks worked hard compiling snippets of …


My Perfume Book Collection

It’s only fair that given the amount of time I’ve spent writing about the smell of books that I should be focusing …

Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase
Vincent van Gogh  (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Date: 1890 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 25 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. (65.1 x 54 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1993, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002

JK Huysmans on Perfume as Art

From Against Nature (À Rebours) (1884): For years now [Des Esseintes] had been an expert in the science of perfumes; he maintained that …

Kiki by Kiki Smith.  Available from Artware Editions for $175.00.

The Dark Wonder of Kiki Smith

Every successful work of art produces a sense of wonderment.  It allows you to see the things from a different perspective, opens …