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 …


The challenge of writing about smells

In, Rishidev Chaudhuri writes a brilliant review of the now classic book on perfumes, “Perfumes: The A-Z Guide” by Luca Turin …

In 2010, the Museum of Art and Design in New York City appointed the former New York Times scent critic, Chandler Burr, to be the head of their newly created Department of Olfactory Art.  Burr will … → February 16, 2012

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, "La Grande Odalisque" (1814), Musée du Louvre

Baudelaire’s Perfumed Imaginary

There can be perfumes cool as children’s flesh, Like fiddles, sweet, like meadows greenly fresh. Rich, complex, and triumphant, others roll With …