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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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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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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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“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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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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Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott

In Paris in the 1920s, the young American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) encountered the elderly French photographer Eugène Atget (1857–1927). Their contact would have profound and lasting effects on the careers and legacies of both artists. Through a sequence of riveting and often iconic images, the exhibition elaborates the relationship between Abbott’s and Atget’s photography. We […]

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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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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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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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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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The Furniture of Charlotte Perriand

The gallery Venus Over Manhattan is presenting an exhibition dedicated to French designer Charlotte Perriand, one of the most famous interior architect of the 20th century, who led the design of all the interiors and furnishings of Le Corbusier's projects and helped shape the Modernist movement. Nearly 50 creations and projects are on display in the gallery, […]

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Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey showcases dozens of paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics from the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen alongside works on paper and Oceanic art from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. As indicated by its title, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s interior life, exploring what drove him to keep […]

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Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries

Prized possessions of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Valois Tapestries were commissioned by Catherine de’ Medici, Queen Mother of France, around 1575, and exemplify the union of art and political imagery. A series of eight room-sized hangings woven in wool, silk, and silver- and gilt-wrapped thread, they show members of the Valois dynasty at […]

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Latin Americans in Paris

Latin Americans in Paris juxtaposes works by artists Martha Boto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Julio Le Parc, Gregorio Vardanega, and others who moved to the French capital in the mid-20th century with pieces by Europeans with whom they had historical or aesthetic connections, such as Josef Albers, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, and Victor Vasarely. All artists represented […]

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Brassaï at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Best known for his provocative and enigmatic images of Parisian life between the two world wars, the photographer Brassaï (born Gyula Halász) is one of the most prominent figures of twentieth-century photography. Called “the eye of Paris” by his friend Henry Miller, Brassaï’s work both celebrates and reveals the complexities and hidden sides of French […]

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Dior: From Paris to the World

Dior: From Paris to the World surveys 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of 150 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, […]

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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes: Works on Paper and Paintings

The 19th-century painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes is best known for his murals, which adorn public buildings throughout France (as well as the central branch of the Boston Public Library, the only example outside his native country). Largely self-taught and operating outside of the major movements of his time, he cultivated a classicizing style with […]

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French Book Arts: Manuscripts, Books, Bindings, Prints, and Documents

This is a spectacular presentation of ten centuries of French printing and book arts drawn entirely from the Grolier Club’s own rich and extensive collections of the art and history of the book. French Book Arts: Manuscripts, Books, Bindings, Prints, and Documents, 12th-21st Century opens to the public on December 14 through February 2, 2019. […]

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Jewels of the Imagination: Radiant Masterworks by Jean Schlumberger from the Mellon Collection

Best known for his flora- and fauna-inspired creations for Tiffany & Co., which brought him on board in 1956, the jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger began his career creating buttons and then costume jewelry for the Italian couturière Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris in the 1930s. Jewels of the Imagination: Radiant Masterworks by Jean Schlumberger from the […]

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Women Artists in Europe from the Monarchy to Modernism

This focus exhibition highlights the Dallas Museum of Art’s exceptional holdings of artwork by female artists working in Europe between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. Drawn primarily from the permanent collection, this special presentation explores the challenges and limitations experienced by female artists seeking professional careers before women were widely admitted into fine […]

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Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is one of the most revered artists of all time, a French Impressionist renowned for his paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings that take the viewer deep into the world of late 19th century Paris. Interested in the psychology and everyday lives of his subjects, Degas is famous for a number of recurring […]

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Eugène Scribe: “Adriana Lecouvreur”

One of the great actresses of the 18th century, Adrienne Lecouvreur is credited with helping to shift French theater from stylization to naturalism. Yet her fame resides at least as much in the circumstances surrounding her untimely death at age 37; she was rumored to have been poisoned by a romantic rival. This New Year’s […]

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Paris Combo: U.S. Tour

Every time Paris Combo sets foot in the US, it's cause for celebration. Not just any swing revival kinda band, these clever Parisians mix it up with influences straight from the cosmopolitan attitude of their hometown, throwing in everything from North African, Latin, and Middle Eastern rhythms to the B-52's and of course, a healthy dose […]

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Plexus Polaire Presents “Chambre Noire”

As part of the annual Under the Radar theater festival, which will take place at the Public Theater in January 2019, French-Norwegian company Plexus Polaire will present Chambre Noire. Life-sized puppets, broken songs and video-projections come together in this visually stunning show to illuminate the hallucinatory final moments of Valerie Solanas — the first intellectual whore, […]

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Arnaud Dolmen Quartet Live at Winter Jazzfest in NYC

Winter Jazzfest in New York City will present the Arnaud Dolmen Quartet on Saturday, January 12, at 12:40 am (early Sunday morning) at Zinc Bar in a special show featuring the uprising French drummer Arnaud Dolmen, pianist Leonardo Montana, saxophonist Adrien Sanchèz, and double bassist Zacharie Abraham. The quartet will perform its acclaimed first album, Tonbé […]

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