Mary Cassatt, Queen of prints at Jacquemart André

La Toilette, 1890-1891, pointe sèche et aquatinte, © Courtesy Marc Rosen Fine Art and Adelson Galleries, New York

When you see Mary Cassatt‘s name in a museum you immediately think of mother and child portraits and impressionist paintings just not quite as amazing as Degas’ (her great friend) or Monet’. In the show starting at very pretty Musée Jacquemart André, I also discovered a fabulous dry print maker (pointe sèche) and a modern woman who had no children of her own but loved painting them. Read More

Alvar Aalto so inspiring at Cité de l’architecture!

A general view of the show with Aalto’s iconic chairs (the Fauteuil 26  in green) under the brick arcades of Cité de l’architecture

We all know Finnish designer and architect Alvar Aalto‘s emblematic Savoy vase and wooden stools but at Cité de l’architecture‘s retrospective, we learn more about him, his many churches and office buildings, and we discover his own house and offices. It is a beautiful show under the brick arcades of the museum at Trocadero. And since Aalto was mostly preoccupied with daily life, it is a good occasion to think about one’s own decor.

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Tintoretto surprises us at Musée du Luxembourg

Tintoretto and studio, Christ and the adultery woman, ca 1547-1549, Palazzo Barberini

You might only know Tintoretto (1518-1594) for his fabulous paintings made at Scuola di San Rocco in Venice in 1564. I always make sure to go there whenever I visit the city of the Doges. But you will be surprised to find, here at Musée du Luxembourg, a very different artist, whose paintings of ladies are totally romantic and charming. I was mesmerized by what I discovered in this show devoted to his first 15 years.Read More

Artists jewels at MAD, not so sensuous!

Alexander Calder, Necklace, 1950, guilt bronze, collection Louisa Guinness, London

“Artists’ jewels are like miniature sculptures” said Karine Lacquemant, the curator of the show “From Calder to Koons, artists’ jewels” at MAD. the exhibition is based on Diane Venet‘s fabulous collection, but it also comprises many paintings and sculptures that inspired jewelry. Don’t go there expecting to see magical stones. It is all about shapes.

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A restaurant for the show near Parc Monceau

Le Camondo has a lovely bar and courtyard

We did not have a reservation for lunch and when we arrived at Le Camondo, the very pretty restaurant designed in the former carriage house of the eponymous Museum,  there was not much effort made to accommodate us. We sat at the bar and had a glass of wine, finally ordered some food and watched the crowds of office-people-who-want-to-have-a-leisurely-lunch walk in. A large group of women only were probably there to celebrate Women’s day, some business men with the pretentious look of advertising executives, were sitting down and the Italian maître d’ was nice but not helpful. Who did we think we were to show up without booking?Read More

Lally, the great French golf champion has left us

Lally with first husband Jacques de Saint Sauveur whom she married at 18

Lally de Saint Sauveur (1921-2018), did everything very young, better than everyone and with a genuine modesty and elegance that every great golfer envied her. In 2015, she became an honorary member of the Royal and Ancient, in Saint Andrews, one of only seven lady members. She was the greatest golfer France ever counted with more than 40 victories in National and International championships. She died in Paris on Saturday, March 3, at 96. Read More

Lafayette Anticipations, a new meeting place in the Marais

The façade on rue du Plâtre is already playful


The concept store Colette closed last December, a new artists’s store is born in the Marais : « A Rebours » inspired by Joris Karl Huysmans’ famous novel (Against the grain), a novelty store which is the tip of the icebeerg of the new Lafayette Anticipations Foundation. You will not find an art collection there but a building enlarged and renovated by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, which is meant to become the centre of « Branchitude » (trendiness) at the heart of the Marais. Everything is written in English only, it is a sign…Read More

Martin Margiela, a double bill at Galliera and MAD

Group of Tabi shoes electroplated in silver, inspired by the Japanese Tabis, Spring summer, 2009, Fashion Museum Antwerp

I had never bought a Martin Margiella outfit and I went to his Palais Galliera’s retrospective with leaded feet. Well, I was totally mesmerized by what I saw there, the incredible audacity of the Belgian designer who started as Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant and went on to become women’s designer for Hermès. Musée des Arts Décoratifs newly called MAD, will also show the latter work on March 22.Read More