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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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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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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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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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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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Louise Bourgeois at ICA Miami

Taking its departure from a work by Louise Bourgeois in ICA Miami’s permanent collection — Untitled (2001) — this exhibition highlights a group of iconic sculptures made of clothing and fabric from the artist’s personal archive. At the center of this presentation are four sculptures made from a pink fur coat that was given to Bourgeois in […]

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Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix

Renowned as a giant of French Romantic painting, Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) was equally a dedicated and innovative draftsman. Through a selection of more than one hundred works on paper — ranging from finished watercolors to sketchbooks, from copies after old master prints to preparatory drawings for important projects — this exhibition will explore the central […]

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Mutiny: Works by Géricault

Mutiny: Works by Géricault presents some 40 oil paintings and works on paper by the short-lived but highly influential Romantic artist, best known today for his monumental, harrowing depiction of shipwreck survivors, The Raft of the Medusa. The show sheds light on his social and political engagement, reflected in his choice of thought-provoking and emotionally unsettling […]

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Marguerite Humeau: Birth Canal

The New Museum presents the first U.S. solo museum exhibition by Marguerite Humeau (born 1986, Cholet, France), debuting a new installation of sculpture and sound. Humeau’s work often centers on the origins of humankind and associated histories of language, love, spirituality, and war. Each of the artist’s projects is prefaced by a period of intense […]

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Une Place à la Table: 50 Years of French in Louisiana

To mark its 50th anniversary, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) combined forces with the Louisiana Crafts Guild with the notion of creating a celebratory exhibit of 50 artworks from 50 artists. The response from artists was so overwhelming that instead the council was able to assemble three exhibits in three […]

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Corot’s Women

Camille Corot (1796–1875) is best known as the great master of landscape painting who bridged the French neoclassical tradition with the impressionist movement of the 1870s. His figure paintings constitute a much smaller portion of his oeuvre and are less well known but arguably of equal importance to the history of art, in particular for […]

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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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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color marshals some 80 ensembles for men, women, and children to reveal the many and often iconoclastic roles played by a hue often associated in this country with baby girls, bubblegum, and ballerinas. The garments on view date from the 18th century to the present day and […]

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Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens

This extraordinary exhibition, drawn mostly from the collection of the Reading, Pennsylvania, Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century in France. The show examines the sometimes complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than sixty-five […]

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Vive Carrière

The LaGrange Art Museum in LaGrange, Georgia will host the exhibition Vive Carrière, a celebration of the life and artworks of the late 19th century French Symbolist painter Eugène Carrière, from September 8-November 10. The works on display are on loan from the private collection of Dr. Nick Vlachos. Carrière, a contemporary of Auguste Rodin […]

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Corot: Women

Trained in the Neoclassical tradition yet devoted to the direct observation of nature, Camille Corot helped elevate landscape from its former status as a minor genre and lay the groundwork for Impressionism. His figure paintings, which were rarely exhibited in his lifetime, represent a smaller, lesser-known, but still influential part of his oeuvre. Narrowing down […]

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Brilliant Quirky: Jeanne Balibar on Film

As part of its Cinésalon series, New York's French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is organizing a special retrospective celebrating César Award-winning actress Jeanne Balibar, renowned for portraying zany, delightfully offbeat characters! For more than 20 years, Balibar’s singular voice, fierce intellect, and unconventional beauty have made her a muse to some of France’s greatest auteurs. […]

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In Transit: Arts and Migration Around Europe

An exhibition about migration in and around Europe, In Transit introduces, through art, a new history and context to the ongoing global refugee crisis. The exhibition draws attention to the long, rich artistic engagement in two major zones of migration: Northern Europe, from the region around Calais, Flanders and the Low countries, and Southern Europe, […]

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Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker

The Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, which will showcase about 100 prints from Rembrandt van Rijn’s career spanning from 1625 to 1665 — an exceptional collaboration with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. While the exhibition focuses on Rembrandt's prints, several paintings and drawings also will be on view to […]

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Delacoix at The Met

The poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire once described Eugène Delacroix as “a volcanic crater artistically hidden by bouquets of flowers.” This tension is evident in the Romantic artist’s oeuvre, brimming with emotional intensity yet informed by a deep knowledge of the Old Masters. His vibrant palette and expressive brushwork rattled the establishment and inspired […]

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Alastair Dacey: Le Masque and Kuhn’s Metaphors

The French Cultural Center/Alliance Française of Boston and Cambridge is pleased to present an exhibition inspired by Walt Kuhn from local artist Alastair Dacey. Le Masque and Kuhn’s Metaphors, which explores European Modernism and reinvention, will open with a reception on Thursday, September 20 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibition, which will run through November 10, […]

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“Samson et Dalila” Starring Roberto Alagna

The Metropolitan Opera presents Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, starring Roberto Alagna and Elīna Garanča in the title roles. Now the only one of the composer’s 12 operas to be regularly performed, it premiered in Weimar, Germany, in 1877 and didn’t receive its full Paris debut until 1890 due to audience discomfort with staging biblical […]

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Stones to Stains: Drawings by Victor Hugo

This exhibition sheds new light on Hugo’s experimental and enigmatic practice as a draftsman and includes over 75 drawings and photographs spanning the duration of his career. Poet, novelist, playwright and critic Victor Hugo (1802–1885) was a preeminent figure in the social, political, and cultural life of nineteenth century France. One of the greatest writers […]

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Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism

From Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens boasts significant works of art by the most dynamic artists to work in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, including Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse. From plein air landscapes to scenes of modern […]

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Henri Farré and the Birth of Combat Aviation

Already a well-established portraitist when World War I broke out, Henri Farré secured his claim to lasting fame when he volunteered for French Air Service at age 43 and became the first artist to document in-flight combat firsthand; his achievements would earn him the Legion of Honor. After the war, he settled in Chicago. In […]

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Olivier Tallec: France-Amérique On Display

For the last five years, the off-the-wall style of French illustrator Olivier Tallec has been showcased in the United States on the front covers of France-Amérique. As part of the magazine’s 75th anniversary, the exhibition France-Amérique On Display will be presenting some 20 of the artist’s works in the lobby of the Sofitel Hotel in […]

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Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process

This small but powerful focus exhibition of Claude Monet’s “Waterloo Bridge” series will include the stellar example from the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester’s collection along with seven others borrowed from North American sister institutions. Monet saw the paintings both individually and as an ensemble that, collectively, expressed his sense of the […]

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Cine-Concert: Live Music and the Films of Georges Méliès

Right In The Eye, a special evening pairing live music, atmospheric lighting and the pioneering works of filmmaker Georges Méliès (A Trip To The Moon, The Impossible Voyage), visits North American shores for the first time this fall with the 30-performance outing kicking off on October 7 in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Quebec. Drawing its inspiration from the […]

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Balenciaga in Black

Coco Chanel once described Cristóbal Balenciaga as the only true couturier of their time, referring to his ability not only to design a garment but also to assemble it perfectly with his own hands. Born in a Basque fishing village in 1895, Balenciaga discovered his calling through his seamstress mother. After pursuing formal training in […]

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French Moderns: Monet to Matisse (1850-1950) 

Through 60 paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the collection of New York’s Brooklyn Museum, French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 chronicles a vital and much-loved period in the history of art, during which France was a center of avant-garde activity. Focusing on four themes — landscape, still life, portraiture, and the nude — the show opens […]

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Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection

Beginning this fall, an exhibition in the Portico Gallery will present a promised gift to the Frick Collection: seventy-five objects from the collection of Sidney R. Knafel — the finest collection of French faience in private hands — to tell the fascinating and complex history of this particular art form. A feat of great technical […]

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Paris 1900: City of Entertainment

For more than a hundred years, Paris has been celebrated as the City of Light, standing as a symbol of elegance, pleasure, and festivity, and drawing visitors from around the world. Although the French capital was quite different from its idealized representation in posters and advertisements, the turn of the century was indeed an exceptional […]

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From Marne to Rhine: Forain and World War I

Beginning in October, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with a selection of French cartoonist Jean-Louis Forain’s striking press illustrations of the Great War. With more than 200 war cartoons published in weekly and daily newspapers, Forain became the spokesman for the common soldier on […]

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10th Anniversary of the Joca Seria American Series

On Tuesday, October 9, at 6:30pm, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Joca Seria American Series. Join poets Tina Darragh, Marcella Durand, Carla Harryman, Tracie Morris, Eleni Sikelianos and Anne Waldman — as well as translators Vincent Broqua, Olivier Brossard, Marc Chénetier, Abigail Lang, and Béatrice Trotignon — for a bilingual reading of their work.

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