Art & Artists

Windmills of Paris

 

 

When you look at the skyline of Paris today, you see a fairly uniform horizon that is largely the result of Baron Haussmann’s urban renewal program, which progressed from 1853 until 1870. Ordered by Napoleon III, it was a crash program to transform an exotic but highly unhealthy medieval city that lacked basic sanitation […]

Le Corbusier, Architect and Artist

 

One of the major influences in what became widely known throughout the western world as ‘modern architecture’ is a person who never studied architecture. That was also the case of some of his most illustrious peers and contemporaries: Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe. That Charles-Édouard Jeanneret became an architect at […]

Chantilly Tops Versailles

For quite a while I have felt misgivings about taking clients to see the interior of the Chateau in Versailles. That is not for any lack of marvelous sights to see there. The pace of re-acquisition of exquisite objects and art that were created for Versailles and sold-off after the French Revolution continues unabated. […]

Mona Lisa Moves, Meets Rubens

The line forms under the glass pyramid of the Louvre. It snakes up the escalator into the Richelieu wing,  and up two more escalators to the second floor,  and into the Salle Medicis. That is where Mona Lisa,  also known as Lisa Gherardini, resides until October,  when she will return to where she has […]

The Courtauld collection at the Vuitton Foundation

What a collection this is!!! Only to be seen until June 17th at the renowned Frank Gehry building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation in the Bois de Boulogne in western paris, this is one of the most staggering Impresionnist collections ever assembled, period. 110 pieces of art of international stature, among which one finds […]

Obscure Art Treasures in France

If you have had the good fortune to encounter the art of Hieronymus Bosch, and, more fortunate still, the leisure to peruse and contemplate his universe, you may have become as fascinated as I have been with his dramatically powerful imagination and his vivid portrayals of humanity preyed upon by a host of demons […]

Spindler Artistic Marquetry

Umbel, Spindler Artistic Marquetry

Among the myriad facets of unique artistry and creativity that one often encounters in Alsace, there is a source that is very special and dear to my heart, the Spindler Artistic Marquetry firm. It is a fountain of inspired art that speaks directly and in a very unique way to my […]

The André Malraux Museum of Fine Arts in Le Havre

Of the many Museums of Fine Arts that were created in France in the 19thcentury, one of the most unique is the André Malraux Museum in Le Havre. Like much of that city, the former Le Havre Museum of Fine Arts was destroyed during the Allied bombing raids of 1944. Almost all of its […]

Corot – The painter and his models

Exhibition from Feb 8th to July 8th 2018

 

The lovely Marmottan Monet Museum presents (until July 8) a rare display of intimate paintings of one of the great French masters of the 19th century.

Camille Corot (1796-1875) was mostly known and trained in the neoclassical style which featured landscapes and traditional themes. But he was also […]

Claude Monet, Collector

If your love of Claude Monet’s art is sufficiently intense, you might wonder what sort of art the master collected for himself. Answers are available in an unusual exposition at the Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris, until January 14: “Monet Collectionneur.”
Comprised of over 100 paintings, several sculptures, drawings and prints (including an assortment of […]

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