Charles Gleyre, a Swiss painter who taught Renoir and Sisley

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With 120 paintings and many drawings, the exhibition at Musée d’Orsay, on Charles Gleyre, « The reformed Romantic », puts into light the work of a great adventurer who followed American Philanthropist John Lowell Jr, all the way to Khartoum after having studied watercolor with Bonington. He ran for 25 years, an atelier in Paris, where Renoir, Monet and Sisley studied as … Read More

Sotogrande, a (very private) golf course

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I had heard so much about the course from my golfing friends that entering the world of Sotogrande, in southern Spain, was like seeing the Eiffel tower for the first time for an American child. Not only was I not disppointed, I fell under the charm immediately.

Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac turns 10

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When it was inaugurated ten years ago, Musée du quai Branly was quite controversial. Its collections of African and Latin American art were primarily taken from Musée de l’Homme at the Trocadéro, many pieces of art were bought from or by Jacques Kerchache, a dealer close to Jacques Chirac and Jean Nouvel‘s architecture was not unanymously loved. Today, the Museum, … Read More

“Ceramix” in Sèvres and at La Maison rouge

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  It is a very original project that Antonie de Galbert founder of  La Maison Rouge conceived with the Museum of Ceramics in Sèvres and the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht. To exhibit modern and contemporary ceramic sculptures made by famous artists. Ceramics or china as people call it everyday, is mostly used for plates and tea pots. But in 300 … Read More

Mima, a museum in Molenbeek

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Opening a private museum of contemporary art in Molenbeek, three weeks after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, is pretty daring, and Alice van den Abeele, the director, and Michel de Launoit the owner, could not contain their joy after the first day ; 2 500 visitors had been curious enough to come to MIMA (Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art) on … Read More

La Roche Guyon, a remarkable vegetable garden

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After seeing the amazing « Impressionist’s gardens » at the Royal Academy in London, last month, I have become curious of all garden exhibitions in Normandy and therefore went straight to the « Caillebotte, painter and gardner » show at Giverny’s Musée des Impressionistes (until July 3rd).

Eva Jospin, a forest in the Louvre

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For once, I was happy to have missed the opening of the show. Not only because my spies told me  it was packed and the cardboard forest “Panorama” created by Eva Jospin at the Louvre was hard to see. But mostly because when I went this morning, I was greeted by my name by the most ravishing creature, a young … Read More

Victor Hugo, Jean Hugo and more Hugos

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For two days last week, I kept on bumping into friends from London and from Provence who had come to Paris for the Hugos openings. Hugo like Victor Hugo, whose Museum on place des Vosges, is having an exhibition on “Five generations of artistic talents” by the famous writer’s heirs. But Hugo also, like Marie and Jean Baptiste, the two … Read More