Gustave Moreau’s ravishing watercolors of La Fontaine’s Fables open at the Museum

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Musée Gustave Moreau can be a bit dreary at times with its dark 1860 studio and huge canvases, but the exhibition of the symbolist master’s 34 watercolor illustrations of Fables de La Fontaine curated by Dominique Lobstein is a pure moment of magic and poetry. It already was shown at Waddesdon Manor, in Great Britain, the summer. Designed by Hubert le … Read More

FIAC, Moderne Art Fair and Asia Now, what a race!

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FIAC is every year a moment of gathering for International art lovers in Paris and the new building of Grand Palais Ephémère on the Champs de Mars, proved again its excellence. It was added on with a large tent for young artists and the luxury of  smoking cigarettes or just getting some fresh air in the gardens facing the Eiffel … Read More

Julie Manet, the Impressionists’ model child

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Julie Manet was Berthe Morisot’s daughter, Edouard Manet’s niece, Ernest Rouart’s wife and… Stéphane Mallarmé’s pupil and Auguste Renoir’s favorite child model. An exhibition,”Julie Manet, La Mémoire impressioniste” is devoted to her and her family circle at Musée Marmottan Monet until March 20. It magnificently sums up the career of a discreet and very religious woman, who grew up as … Read More

At château d’Ecouen Renaissance glass travels from Venice

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Going to Musée de la Renaissance in Ecouen is always an adventure but the prize at the end is precious. This time, it only took fifty minutes to drive through St Denis and Sarcelles and the most beautiful weather was expecting us in the forest surrounding the castle. Yellow parrots were flying over the roofs and the exhibition “Emailler le … Read More

Giuseppe Penone brings trees to Bibliothèque Nationale

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Walking into the main room of the exhibition, “Giuseppe Penone, Sève et Pensée” (Lymph and thought) at BnF is a moment of pure happiness and ecstasy. The show, curated by Marie Minssieux-Chamonard and Cécile Pocheau-Lesteven, focuses on links between man and nature and starts with early drawings and photographs from the 1970’s, continues with sculptures and ends with finger prints … Read More

Ilya Repine, gets his fame back at Petit Palais

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He is often called “the Tolstoy of painting” and yet Ilya Repine (1844-1930), is virtually unknown in France today. The large retrospective of his work comes from Helsinki and will be at Petit Palais until January 23. A hundred paintings were lent by Gallery Tretiakov in Moscow, the Russian Museum in St Petersburg and the Ateneum in Helsinki. From the life … Read More