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The Most Beautiful French Gardens in the United States

With their elegant designs imposing order on nature, formal French gardens make it possible to satisfy an art fix while remaining outdoors. The following stateside versions are currently open to visitors. Nemours Estate Wilmington, Delaware An American take on the Petit Trianon, Marie-Antoinette’s private retreat on the grounds of Versailles, Nemours boasts the country’s grandest French-style gardens. The 1910 mansion,...

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Monet and Chicago, an Impressionist Love Story

Claude Monet never set foot in Chicago — or in the United States for that matter. However, he enjoyed tremendous success there from the 1890s onwards thanks to his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, the man who put Impressionism on the map, and a number of influential local collectors. This “collective passion” for the French painter is the subject of an exhibition...

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In San Francisco, a Villa for French Artists

Villa San Francisco is set to offer French artists an apartment with views of San Francisco Bay and privileged access to Silicon Valley business leaders and leading West Coast universities. The residency will be inaugurated on August 25 by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. France’s soft-power arsenal includes Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, Villa Medici...

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The Best Podcasts for Francophiles

A selection of podcasts (in English) for those seeking a French culture fix while waiting out uncertain times – or anytime! The Land of Desire The Land of Desire is an engaging one-woman show about French history and culture hosted by San Francisco-based Francophile Diana Stegall. Whether discussing Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette; Napoleon’s “tiniest campaign”; or the Dreyfus affair, she...

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Hopper in Paris: The Birth of a Master

Edward Hopper, 24, realized one of his dreams when he moved to Paris in October 1906. An array of works from his French years, which have had little public exposure, were set to be exhibited at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. from May 23. However, the current coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent closure of cultural institutions means this project...

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The Best Virtual Tours for Cooped-Up Francophiles

Through virtual tours, photos, and links to videos, online exhibitions, and articles, Google Arts & Culture’s French Connections: Culture from Calais to Marseille invites armchair travelers on an odyssey ranging not only geographically from one end of the country to the other, but also chronologically from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary street art and thematically from braille to ballet. While there...

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George Withers, an Illustrator at War

Seventy-five years ago, on May 8, 1945, Corporal George Withers was in Paris. The war in Europe had ended, and the American artist was painting the national outpouring of joy, scenes of jubilation in Paris, and the victory marches. “Today, I saw Churchill, Anthony Eden, and De Gaulle leading the Armistice Day parade,” he wrote in a letter to his...

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Florian Eymann’s American Dream

With his canvases inspired by the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Manet, Klimt, Dalí, and Warhol, French painter Florian Eymann is enjoying unexpected success in the United States. We met with the artist to find out more. Florian Eymann has hit the jackpot. American singer Marc Anthony fell in love with his work and purchased twelve of his paintings for...

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Léa Morichon: France-Amérique’s Illustrator

Her pastel-colored creations have adorned the covers of our magazine since the beginning of the year. French illustrator Léa Morichon has worked for magazine Le Parisien Weekend and the Marabout publishing house, and exhibited her pieces in Paris last fall. Today, we met with her to find out about her background, inspirations, and creative process. France-Amérique: What is the process...

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Marcel Duchamp Finds a Home in Washington D.C.

Thanks to a major gift, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. will offer unprecedented access to the work of one of the most pivotal and thought-provoking artists of recent times. Marcel Duchamp once observed that “a technique can be learned, but you can’t learn to have an original imagination” — a perfect mental note for visitors to Marcel Duchamp: The...

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Renoir: The Body, The Senses

This exhibition opening on October 27 at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, uses Renoir's fascination with the human — especially female — form as a common thread to examine the trajectory of the artist’s career and his complex legacy. As one of the founders of Impressionism, Pierre-Auguste Renoir remains most closely associated with that movement. Yet during...

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Fashion & Faith: James Tissot in San Francisco

A new exhibition at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor invites audiences to reassess the multifaceted oeuvre of James Tissot — or discover it for the first time. The 19th-century artist James Tissot’s name is emblematic of his English Channel-spanning life and career. With a foot in two cultures, a style that refuses categorization, and a dramatic late-career shift in subject...

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Françoise Gilot: Muse and Artist

With the recent republication of her hit memoir Life With Picasso and a gallery show opening on August 3 in New Orleans, artist Françoise Gilot remains more current than ever in the seventh decade of her career. “A painter, his model, and an intelligent woman, she is a superb witness to Picasso as an artist and to his views on art.”...

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The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy

A collection of rings, brooches, coins, and manuscripts, now on display at the Met Cloisters in New York City, offers a rare glimpse at the life of the Jewish community of Colmar, Alsace, during the Middle Ages. In May of 1863, workers came upon a cache of coins, jewelry, and other valuables inside the wall of a house in the Alsatian city of...

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Les Levai: A Dynasty of Gallery Owners

French-American art dealer Pierre Levai is preparing to hand over the reins of the family empire, the Marlborough Gallery, to his son. The gallery is an international brand with spaces in New York, London, Madrid, and Barcelona and a roster of over 60 world-class artists. On West 25th Street in New York, a stone's throw from a monumental sculpture of...

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The Art of Daily Life in the France of Yesteryear

Daily life is at the center of this exhibition of 18th-century French painting opening on June 14 at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. In the 18th century, France’s powerful Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture dictated a strict hierarchy of subject matter, with historical, mythological, and religious scenes at the top, followed by portraiture, landscape, genre, and still...

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Of Bombs and Beaches: Leon Kroll’s Mosaic Ceiling at Omaha Beach

A chapel stands amidst the graves in the U.S. military cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, the focal point of the Allied landings in France during World War II. Inside, the ceiling of its dome features an astonishing, colorful mosaic by American painter Leon Kroll. Standing among thousands of white marble crosses on a bluff above Omaha Beach in Normandy is a...

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Degas House in New Orleans Enshrined by French Culture Minister

The house at 2306 Esplanade Avenue where Edgar Degas lived and painted from 1872 to 1873 has received the Maison des Illustres label from the French minister of culture. This is the second site in the United States to be recognized in this way, along with Marguerite Yourcenar’s house in Maine. The label was created in 2011 to showcase “residences that...

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Edgar Degas, an Impressionist in New Orleans

Edgar Degas is renowned for his paintings of young ballet dancers and horse races, and his series depicting women ironing. A lesser known painting is that of New Orleans. He travelled to the city in 1872 to see the American side of his mother’s family, who worked as cotton and textile merchants. The painter saw this six-month stay as a...

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Manet and Modern Beauty

This exhibition which opens at the Art Institute of Chicago on May 26 is the first to focus on the final years of Edouard Manet's career, when, suffering from ill health and no longer able to be the man-about-Paris, he underwent something of an artistic transformation. “In the revolutionary formation of modern painting, he was, by general agreement, first among...

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JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco

In his latest project, on display at SFMOMA through 2020, the French artist JR dedicates a 100-foot digital mural to the city of San Francisco and its many residents. JR, 36, has come a long way since his teenage years as a graffiti artist in Paris. After finding a lost camera in the Métro, he began taking pictures of other taggers and...