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Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art

This month, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art inaugurates a suite of state-of-the-art galleries renovated to showcase the Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art, a major gift to the institution. This trove of 29 works by Bonnard, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, and many of their equally celebrated contemporaries nearly doubled the museum’s holdings […]

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A Queen’s Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer

Among Marie-Antoinette’s most cherished belongings was her collection of Japanese lacquerware, the core of which was bequeathed to her by her mother, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Some of these exquisite objects, once reserved for the eyes of visitors to the opulent private salon known as the cabinet doré, are now on view in A Queen’s Treasure from Versailles: […]

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Midnight in Paris & New York: Scenes from the 1890s-1930s

The Art Museum at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is pleased to present Midnight in Paris & New York: Scenes from the 1890s-1930s, William Glackens and His Contemporaries from February 4 through October 18, 2018. Featuring drawings, paintings and photographs by American and European artists such as Eugène Atget, Brassai, William Glackens, André Kertesz, […]

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Paris 1913: “La Prose du Transsibérien” and the Flowering of the Avant Garde

By 1913, Paris had been for more than a decade the epicenter of artistic revolution in Europe. That year, artist Sonia Delaunay and poet Blaise Cendrars collaborated on La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France. Hailed as the first "simultaneous book," the artwork was conceived as a unified experience of text […]

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Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

In the 19th century, France experienced a horticultural boom that transformed lands both public and private. Various royal properties became parks, and Baron Haussmann’s grand modernization of Paris greatly increased its green spaces, which became an integral part of urban life. At the same time, ships were bringing in all sorts of exotic plants from […]

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Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine…

A consistent theme in Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s 50-year career — and in his life — has been the blurring of lines. Born in Paris in 1947 to a French Catholic mother and a Polish Jewish father, he grew up in London and made a name for himself there in the 1970s by merging performance and […]

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Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

While the galleries they normally occupy are under renovation, some of the Virginia Museum of Art’s finest holdings of French art are on tour, offering museum-goers around the country a chance to see these masterpieces close to home. Spanning a century and a half, this trove of more than 70 works includes outstanding examples of every major movement from Romanticism […]

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Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789)

The palace of Versailles and its gardens have attracted travelers ever since it was transformed under the direction of the Sun King, Louis XIV, from a simple hunting lodge into one of the most magnificent and public courts of Europe. French and foreign travelers, including royalty, ambassadors, artists, musicians, writers, scientists, grand tourists, and day-trippers, […]

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Chaim Soutine: Flesh

The Jewish Museum presents an exhibition of some 30 paintings by the artist Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), the Expressionist known for his gestural and densely painted canvases. Chaim Soutine: Flesh highlights the unique visual conceptions and painterly energy that the artist brought to the tradition of still-life. Soutine’s remarkable paintings depicting hanging fowl, beef carcasses, and […]

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Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema

Premiering May 6, 2018, at the Barnes Foundation — home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir — is a major exhibition examining the artistic exchange between the renowned impressionist painter and his son, celebrated filmmaker Jean Renoir. Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema brings together over 120 works, including paintings, drawings, […]

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Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet

Located about 40 miles southeast of Paris, the vast Forest of Fontainebleau became a hub of experimentation in landscape art during the first half of the 19th century, with an emphasis on the plein air practices that would later become one of the hallmarks of Impressionism. The village of Barbizon, at the edge of the […]

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From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present

From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present looks at the transformation in our view of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Following milestones in the life of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and in history, the exhibition explores the close relationship […]

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Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection

This exhibition examines the many paths and stages of women's lives through the art of 18th-century France. Works by Fragonard, Boucher, Watteau, Greuze, and others, all drawn from the finest private collection of French art in the United States, show a variety of women, from court ladies to washerwomen, in their many societal roles. From […]

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Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection

Located north of Copenhagen, the Ordrupgaard Museum is known for its fine collection of 19th- and early 20th-century French and Danish art. Seventy-six of these masterpieces are on view in Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection, which both celebrates the movement and places it in its art- historical context. In addition to paintings by Renoir, Monet, […]

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Capturing the Catwalk: Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive

Capturing the Catwalk is the first exhibition to explore the pioneering work of French photographer Michel Arnaud, whose work for Harper’s Bazaar and British Vogue spans the 1970s–1990s. Featuring garments and accessories from brands such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Gianni Versace alongside selections from the unparalleled photographic archive donated by Arnaud, […]

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Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection

Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection presents 60 drawings and etchings for book illustration, as well as 10 paintings to round out the show. Executed between the 16th and 19th centuries, the works vary widely in style and subject matter, from religious and biblical imagery to more light- hearted genre scenes. Viewers have a chance […]

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Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism

Paris was the epicenter of art during the latter half of the nineteenth century, luring artists from around the world with its academies, museums, salons, and galleries. Despite the city’s cosmopolitanism and its cultural stature, Parisian society remained strikingly conservative, particularly with respect to gender. Nonetheless, many women painters chose to work and study in […]

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Fabergé Rediscovered

Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the fascinating histories that surround them. Now, a special exhibition at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden in Washington, D.C. will unveil new discoveries relating to […]

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Napoleon: Power and Splendor

Napoleon: Power and Splendor offers a fresh perspective on one of history’s most iconic figures by revealing the vast machinery underpinning his and his family’s everyday life. Spanning from Napoleon’s coronation in 1804 to his exile in 1815, the show brings together some 200 sumptuous works of fine and decorative art, many never before exhibited in […]

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The Art of Iron

In the mid-19th century, an architectural photographer employed by the French government began salvaging wrought ironwork from buildings slated for renovation or demolition. His son expanded the collection, which today is among the finest of its kind. A selection of its holdings, from locks and gates to shop signs and church lecterns, may be admired […]

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Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec City, Canada), the Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia, PA), the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX), and the Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France) announced the internationally touring exhibition dedicated to one of the revolutionary artists of the French Impressionist movement, Berthe Morisot (1841–1895). Co-organized by the four institutions, Berthe Morisot, […]

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Jazz en Route to France: 1917-1918

Jazz en Route to France: 1917-1918 examines how the American Expeditionary Forces, African-American military bands, the Red Cross, and YMCA personnel stationed in France helped popularize jazz in Paris during World War I. Join us on Thursday, June 21 at 6pm for the opening reception of the New Orleans Jazz Museum's latest exhibit, Jazz En Route […]

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Daniel Buren: Sail/Canvas – Canvas/Sail

For more than five decades, the conceptual artist Daniel Buren has been using his signature 8.7-centimeter-wide vertical stripes to explore such ambitious topics as what art really is and how we perceive it. Central to this inquiry is his fascination with the interplay between works of art and their environment. He has melded the two […]

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The American Revolution: A World War

View the American Revolution through a global lens in The American Revolution: A World War, which examines the 1781 victory at Yorktown and the Franco-American partnership that made it possible. The exhibition features the paintings The Siege of Yorktown and The Surrender of Yorktown, created by French painter Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe in 1786 as copies […]

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Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography (1911–2011)

Having overcome a certain highbrow bias against its commercial origins, fashion photography — at least in its finer forms — is now recognized for its artistic merit. It takes center stage as never before in Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011, which presents some 180 images alongside a selec- tion of costumes, illustra- […]

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Horizontal: JR at Galerie Perrotin

Internationally-renowned French artist JR will launch an exhibition at Galerie Perrotin‘s New York space. Entitled Horizontal, the extensive showcase will ostensibly display new mixed-media works, photographic caricatures, and large-scale installations centering upon his signature wheatpaste posters and blown-out portraits. Accompanying the show is an intervention by JR on the gallery’s rooftop at 130 Orchard Street: […]

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Aspen Music Festival: Paris, City of Light

The theme of the 70th season of the Aspen Music Festival is "Paris, City of Light," highlighting the rich musical legacy of the French capital both as a center of artistic creation and as a source of inspiration. The emphasis is on works of the 19th- and 20th centuries, from Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un […]

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French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault

French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault offers a chance to view some 40 late-19th-century masterworks that are rarely exhibited due to their fragility. The high concentration of pure pigment powder that lends pastels their distinctive velvety texture and luminous, blendable colors has a downside: the particles remain loose on the surface, leaving the work vulnerable […]

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John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age

John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was the most sought-after portraitist of his generation on both sides of the Atlantic, creating powerful, vibrant likenesses of his sitters. Best known for his portraits, Sargent nevertheless excelled in a variety of genres, including landscapes, watercolors, and murals. Born in Florence to American parents and trained in Paris, he lived his […]

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A City Transformed: Photographs of Paris (1850-1900)

Commissioned by Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann’s ambitious — and then controversial — renovation of Paris replaced a warren of medieval streets with the stately, monument-studded boulevards and parks so beloved today. Beyond its aesthetic aims, the plan sought to improve traffic circulation and public health and safety. Wide boulevards, moreover, lend themselves well to parades […]

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