Three Syrian artists show in Paris

Khaled Dawwa, Untitled sculpture, terra cotta

They are a group of young ladies from “La Maison rouge” and they became interested in Syrian artists who took refuge in Paris in 2011 and 2012. Ola Abdallah, Paula Aisemberg director or La Maison rouge, Dunia Al-Dahan, Véronique Bouruet-Aubertot, Pauline de Laboulaye, Randa Maddah and Véronique Pieyre de Mandiargues have created an association around Syrian artists in France. This is their first show together at Galerie Premier Regard, with a sculptor, Khaled Dawwa, a painter, Monif Ajaj and a video artist, Dino Ahmad Ali.Read More

Versailles and Louis Philippe, a long history

Frans Xaver Winterhalter, Louis Philippe receiving QueenVictoria and Prince Albert at Château d’Eu, 1846, London, Clarence House, The Royal collection

King Louis Philippe reigned in France from 1830 to 1848. During this time he made a point of transforming Versailles into a historical museum dedicated to all the glories of the country. To celebrate his work, Catherine Pégard, president of Château de Versailles, is opening thirty two new rooms and 5 000 square meters, where the historical galleries will be permanently open. This includes the African rooms with the wonderful fresco of Duc d’Aumale being victorious of Abdel Kader at 21, and exceptional decors in the Opera Royal and at Petit Trianon. A superb exhibition with only one challenge, getting into the castle without queuing…

Read More

Musée de Montmartre and Artists’ studios

Frantisek Kupka, Panorama of Butte Montmartre

There is nothing more pleasant than going up and down the hill of Montmartre in search of its historical painters and studios. Musée de Montmartre which is now run by a dynamic young lady, Fanny de Lépinau (who spent ten years at Musée du quai Branly), is trying to surf on the wave of mass tourism around the place du Tertre. After a lovely Van Dongen exhibition this year, it has assembled 150 works by Kupka, Valadon, Utrillo, Galanis… who all lived and painted nearby. It is a great excuse to have lunch in the very pretty garden and to walk around the magical Butte.Read More

Animal painters can also do people!

Rémi Bourquin, Jaïpur , Madras and Irawan

I am not particularly interested in animal sculptures and paintings although Antoine Louis Barye and Jean Baptiste Oudry have always fascinated me at Château de Chantilly. But I was curious to find out at Atelier Grognard, in Rueil Malmaison, if there were good animal artists today. The new show nextdoor to Joséphine de Beauharnais’ house, was inspired by Danielle Beck who invited her artist friends in this modest but very realistic show of ten sculptors and painters and one photographer.Read More

The Ryder cup in Paris, what a feast!

A last 60 foot putt on the 18 th green was holed by Noren against DeChambeau

The day was glorious and my very much anticipated visit to the Ryder Cup at Golf National near Versailles, was as fun as expected. The preparation has been ten years in the making for Pascal Grizot who, as vice president of the French Golf Federation, was daring enough to think that a country with only 400 000 golfers, could organize the greatest golf team event in the world. And he was right. More than 60 000 spectators a day was the record attendance for the Ryder cup and Team Europe won with 17,5 victories agains 10,5 for the Americans. All were exceptional players.Read More

Private collections at Musée Marmottan, a true dream!

Claude Monet, Chrysanthèmes rouges, 1880, private collection

The new exhibition at Musée Marmottan Monet is a pure delight of Impressionist to Fauve paintings. The sixty two chefs d’oeuvre have been borrowed from private collections in Europe, the United States and Mexico and Monet’s “Red Chrysanthemums”, one of his rare still life painting, had never been seen in public since 1882, just before his fellow painter Gustave Caillebotte acquired it. All these works are exceptional and a series of five drawings of Gare Saint Lazare by Paul Signac are especially interesting.Read More

Henri de Rothschild, a multitalented genius

Doctor Henri de Rothschild in his polyclinic of rue Marcadet in 1903

I only knew him as a playwriter and as the grandfather of Philippine de Rothschild, the larger than life owner of Château Mouton Rothschild. But thanks to Nadège Forestier’s biography, “Henri de Rothschild, a humanitarian before his time”, I now know that he was primarily a doctor, a major contributor to Marie Curie’s lab, the inventor of pasteurized milk in France and, inspired by his friend André Citroën, the first French manufacturer of affordable cars,  which were called “Unic”. Read More

Florence Lehmann, lights up jewelry

Florence Lehmann, bracelets in polyester resin

Naïla de Montbrison has a tiny jewelry gallery on rue de Bourgogne with a huge aura. And for the first time she is showing Florence Lehmann, an artist from Strasburg, who creates phosphorescent jewelry in resin: this inlcudes rings for the little finger only, large necklaces and magnetic broaches. She teaches at Strasburg School of Decorative arts and conceives jewels as sculptures.Read More