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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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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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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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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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Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now

Over seven decades of style will be displayed in Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now, a major exhibition highlighting creativity and glamour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The haute couture and ready-to-wear garments and accessories on view range in date from 1947 — the year of the introduction of Christian Dior’s revolutionary “New […]

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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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William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions

The painter William Glackens was a member of the Ashcan School, an early 20th-century movement that focused on depicting the gritty realities of urban life. A Francophile who lived in Paris for a year in his 20s and first discovered Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art there, he would later help his friend Albert C. Barnes build […]

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Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet to Today

Edouard Manet created a scandal at the 1865 Salon with Olympia, his brazenly unidealized take on the odalisque theme; in his rendering, a black maidservant is bringing a bouquet of flowers to a naked, reclining prostitute who stares directly out at the viewer. Presented in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Posing Modernity is an […]

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Van Cleef & Arpels Opens a Pop-Up Jewelry School in New York

L’Ecole, School of Jewelry Arts, returns to New York City this October with a series of classes, exhibitions, and conversations that invite the public to immerse themselves in the art of jewelry guided by leading experts from the French house Van Cleef & Arpels. L’Ecole will take up residence at 2 East 63rd Street from […]

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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 Orléans Collection

New Orleans was named in honor of Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, who was Regent of France when the city was founded in 1718; Louis XV was just eight years old at the time. By all accounts, the Duke was a hedonist; fortunately, the arts were among his great passions, and he amassed one of […]

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Louis Stettner at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Over the course of his eight-decade career, Louis Stettner created a singular approach to photographing everyday life. Born in Brooklyn in 1922, Stettner began working as a photographer in the 1930s and served in the U.S. Army in World War II before moving to Paris in 1947. There, he studied at the Institut des Hautes […]

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How Paris Became Paris: The Urban Development of the City of Light

Paris continues to be the most visited city in the world. This iconic metropolis fascinates everyone from first-time visitors to regulars to residents and begs the question — how did Paris become Paris? While some people are familiar with the modernization of the city that took place during the 19th century, many are unaware that Paris’s […]

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Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit

Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit explores the surprising and little-known story of how Inuit people and culture inspired one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Henri Matisse. Included in the exhibition are works by Matisse that have not been publicly shown in the United States, and reunited dozens of stunning Yup’ik […]

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France Cinéma Floride Film Festival

The 13th annual France Cinéma Floride Film Festival screens recent French releases, including the world premiere of Hervé Mimran’s Un Homme Pressé (A Man in a Hurry), starring Fabrice Luchini as a workaholic forced to slow down and relearn how to communicate after he has a stroke, and actress Naidra Ayadi’s directorial debut, the dramatic […]

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The Misanthrope: A Rock Comedy

Originally produced in 1666, The Misanthrope is a classic stage comedy that has been in constant production for three and a half centuries. The original was written by the celebrated French playwright, Moliere and was set in the ostentatious and posh world of the French aristocracy. Playwrights Andrew Gall and Megan Powell have brought Moliere […]

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Rococo Music: Age of Indulgence

In keeping with its mission to expose audiences to underrepresented repertoires, the Cleveland, Ohio-based period instrument ensemble Les Délices performs Age of Indulgence, a program of experimental French pieces for oboe, strings, and harpsichord from the 1740s and 1750s. Featured on their 2017 album of the same name, these include works by Philidor, Rameau, Blavet, […]

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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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CinéSalon: Pauline at the Beach

One of Eric Rohmer’s best-loved films, this understatedly profound seaside tale finds 15-year-old Pauline pulled into the romantic games and deceits of her adult friends during a brief stay on the Norman coast. Rohmer mines every mix-up of bedroom farce in examining different notions of love while touting the praises of youthful candor. Starring Pascal Greggory […]

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