What perfume would the Venus of Milo wear? And the Great Odalisque? A question that the teams of the Buly Universal Officine who join forces with the Louvre until 6 January 2020 for an exceptional collaboration. Eight noses in charge of selecting eight masterpieces from the museum in order to create the fragrances that would correspond to these models. Unique scents enclosed in delicate bottles with a design borrowed from Art Deco.

Until the end of the year, the Louvre hosts an ephemeral shop that seems straight out of another time. Located in the alley of the Grand Louvre, the pop store 35 square meters offers no exhibition catalog, or souvenir magnet but perfumes inspired by the emblematic works of the Paris museum. Under the air of curiosity cabinets, the stall brings together scents imagined by eight noses and declined in perfume bottles of course, but also in candles, alabaster, soap and postcards, all completely fragrant.

The scents creators were given carte blanche in the choice of works that they intended to reinterpret among the 38 000 paintings, sculptures and artifacts collected at the Louvre. Thus, while the perfumer Dorothée Piot sets her sights on Thomas Gainsborough's Conversation in a Park, Daniela Andrier associates lemongrass, orange blossoms, patchouli and incense to pay homage to the Bather of Ingres. As for sculpture, the Venus de Milo gets the graces of Jean-Christophe Hérault, who interprets the sensuality of the work with tangerine, amber and jasmine, while Aliénor Massenet harmoniously mixes tuberose, magnolia, jasmine and myrrh to celebrate the flight of the Victory of Samothrace. Domitille Michalon-Bertier is interested in the masterpiece of Ingres, the Grande Odalisque.

"La Grande Odalisque represents femininity, beauty. I worked on a fragrance reminiscent of tanned skin, with a mixture of spices such as cardamom, incense which also refers to the incense burner that can be seen at his feet " Domitille Michalon-Bertier, nose

The Nymph of Scorpio and Saint Joseph Carpenter of Georges de la Tour are respectively reinterpreted by Sidonie Lancesseur and Annick Ménardo when the intimacy of the Lock Fragonard is retranslated by Delphine Lebeau. Iconic paintings that are now endowed with unique scents, all gathered in an elegant boudoir inspired 1920 years.

Enough to awaken all our senses.

To learn more, visit the website of L'Officine Universelle Buly

Photographs: DR

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