"My first trip to Paris inspired me to become an art historian. I was awestruck by the Impressionists’ light-filled canvases in the Musée d’Orsay. Then, while wandering along the Seine, through the Haussmann boulevards, and up to Montmartre, I could see the very places those artists painted. I felt like I was stepping back into the 19th century, and wanted to learn more. The first impression with an art object or historical monument is priceless. When that is enhanced by the knowledge and enthusiasm of a professor or guide, it makes the experience even more enriching. My goal is to help make Paris’ art and history come to life and to create lasting memories for my visitors. I do this by turning history into a compelling story, paying attention to my audience’s specific interests, encouraging questions, and engaging them in discussion. When I see their eyes light up with awe or wonder, that is the most rewarding moment."
Lauren moved to Paris on a Fulbright grant to pursue research on female artists and their representations of the nude in early twentieth-century Paris. She holds a BA in art history and French from Cornell University, and an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is completing a PhD in art history at Rutgers University. Not just a Francophile, Lauren was also a tour guide in Rome where she led tours of the Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery, Catacombs, and ancient Roman sites around the city. When not leading tours or writing, she enjoys exploring the myriad wine regions of France and Italy.