By Pierre Laffont & Bill Rathmell.
It is easy to fall for the peaceful charm of Rochefort and La Rochelle, two ports on the Atlantic Coast of France only a couple of hours from Paris by the fast train. The 2022 OAS Tour was an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how Oceanic art first made its way into French museums and private collections.
Before 1766, no French ship had ever crossed the Pacific and not much was known in France about this Great Ocean. This was . . .