Jules Adler, a naturalist painter at MahJ

The Museum of Art and History of Judaism, MahJ, has wonderful permanent collections set in an 18 th century hotel in the Marais. After showing Helena Rubinstein’s collections last spring, it focuses (until February 23) on a Jewish Alsatian painter, Jules Adler, who is little known today in France but was celebrated at the turn of the century as a … Read More

Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva in three cities

Often when I visit Salon du Dessin in Paris or more recently FIAC, my eye is stopped by a curious painting and it is by Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, a Portuguese artist who became French in 1956. Her unique semi abstract style has always fascinated me whether it is an oil on canvas or a gouache on paper. Galerie … Read More

Zloty, an experienced graffiti artist with a child’s mind

Gérard Zlotykamien (Zloty), became the first graffiti artist in the world, when he traced his  “Ephémères” in Great Britain in 1963. Today at 79, he is painting an empty wall in a children’s park, at 44 rue du Dessous des Berges, in the 13 th arrondissement. It is a joyful fresco painted in acrylic, which perfectly matches the playground beneath … Read More

Leonardo, reigns over the Louvre

To celebrate the 500 th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death (1452-1519), the Louvre has assembled 160 of his works including 11 paintings. Mona Lisa stayed in her own room so that visitors can keep coming to see her but the “Virgin and child” from the Duke of Buccleuth’s collection, and the “Belle Ferronière” are there to testify of the … Read More

Greco, at Grand Palais, like you have never seen him

The Greco retrospective curated by Guillaume Kientz at Grand Palais is the greatest surprise of the week in its modernity and its freshness. Never have the paintings by the famous artist from Crete, looked so contemporary. 71 works are hanging on white walls in the long space usually devoted to photography. If you dreaded seeing too many of his oblong … Read More

Virtual shopping at the Paris FIAC

Everyone was complaining that there were long lines at the VIP opening on Wednesday morning, so I went on Thursday and walked in calmly at the Grand Palais for the 46 th edition of FIAC (Foire internationale d’art contemporain) organized by Jennifer Flay. I did not make any discoveries but really enjoyed a number of sculptures which represented the best … Read More

Avenue Winston Churchill is at the centre of Paris’ arts

No one has ever known the name of this large avenue which separates Grand Palais from Petit Palais. It is called avenue Winston Churchill and is delimited on the South by the great Prime minister’s statue (without its original cigar) and on the North by de Gaulle’s and Clemenceau’s. This week, it is the epicenter of all cultural activities with, … Read More

The Alana collection of Italian treasures, at Jacquemart André

All shows are not well adapted to the small rooms of Musée Jacquemart André, but the 75 Italian Renaissance chefs d’oeuvre collected by Alvaro Saieh and Ana Guzman, have found their ideal decor in the private house on Boulevard Haussmann. They are mostly in small formats and perfectly set in the “jewelry box”  of Nelly Jacquemart and Edouard André, a … Read More