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Berthe Morisot and the Problem with Being one of the Boys

A new Berthe Morisot exhibition starting at the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia on October 21 has a strong flavor of rediscovery — or even resurrection — of a once prominent artist. Nobody could call the Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot an outsider. She was said to be descended on her mother’s side from the Rococo master Honoré Fragonard. Camille Corot encouraged...

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Sennelier, a Merchant of Colors in Paris

A stone’s throw from the Louvre and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the Sennelier store has catered to the likes of Cézanne, Soutine, Picasso, Karl Lagerfeld, and Sempé. Since 1887, artists have come here to buy their colors that were once hand-milled to order in the workshop behind the store. Among its achievements, Sennelier has invented Helios Red, Cinnabar Green, and...

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Corot’s Women Revealed in Washington D.C.

French landscape painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot was also a talented portrait artist and observer of the female form. This lesser-known part of his art is revealed in an exhibition opening on September 9 at the National Gallery of Art. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) is best known as a master of landscape painting in the 19th century, and a transitional figure between the French Neoclassical tradition...

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The French in Our Lives

This week-end, Americans will be celebrating Bastille Day by eating crêpes and drinking wine and cheering on the French team in the World Cup final. Foreign language advocate and devoted Francophile Kathleen Stein-Smith takes a look at the influence and impact of French language and culture in the United States. It is possible sit in a café, to have a macaron...

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“Gauguin”: Voyage to Tahiti

French director Edouard Deluc devotes his latest movie to the Fauvist painter and his exile in Tahiti, in U.S. theaters from July 11. After Cézanne and I by Danièle Thompson last year and the recently released Rodin by Jacques Doillon, a third biographical movie has now arrived in theaters. This time the subject is Gauguin, another leading, 19th-century French artist...

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Once-in-a-Generation Exhibition of Delacroix Conquers Paris and NYC

New Yorkers need to brace themselves: the exhibition that has baffled art amateurs at the Louvre will move to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 17. The paintings of Eugène Delacroix are being shown in the largest exhibition since the centenary of his death in 1963. The French artist has been characterized as a misunderstood genius, the most contradicting...

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How France’s Obsession with Gardens Shaped the Country’s Artistic Movements

If you can’t make it to France this summer, take a tour of the French gardens in the Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence exhibition featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art through July 29. More than 150 works by painters like Matisse, Rousseau, Monet, and Cassatt outline the beginning of French gardening prestige at the turn of the...

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Two Sister Paintings by Monet Reunited in Washington D.C.

Next stop for Monet amateurs is the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., where two sister paintings will be reunited through August 8. For the first time since their creation, two sister paintings named Jardin de l'artiste à Vétheuil produced by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet are reunited in the National Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C. Both...

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What Jean Renoir’s Films Owe to his Father

An exhibition at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia explores the influence of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the painter, on his son Jean Renoir, the filmmaker. When American filmmaker Martin Scorsese was nine he was taken to see Jean Renoir’s film The River. About the same time — as he later recalled — he came across a postcard of Pierre-August Renoir’s painting of...

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Cézanne’s Portraits Get a Show of their Own

Paul Cézanne is not usually thought of as a portrait painter, but while portraiture was a limited by-product of his total output, it was still an integral aspect of his work. Cézanne's portraits will be the subject of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art through July 1. The son of a banker who gave him an allowance, Cézanne never...[Subscriber]

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Jean-Michel Othoniel, the Glass Always Half Full

Jean-Michel Othoniel is taking over the three floors of the Perrotin Gallery in Manhattan for his first solo exhibition in New York since 2012. Some 35 "monumental" works assembling pearls and expanses of translucent bricks will make up the installations on show until April 15, 2018. A giant pearl necklace hung in the stairwell leads up to the "tornado room."...

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French Painter Martial Raysse Returns to the U.S.

Fifty years after leaving the U.S. pop art scene, French painter Martial Raysse is showcasing his "Visages" exhibition at the Levy Gorvy Gallery in New York. "Coming back here is like visiting an old friend." At the age of 82, figurative painter Martial Raysse is back in the United States. In his role as one of the founding members of...

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Adopt a Parisian Statue!

The American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay association has launched a most original campaign to finance the maintenance of artwork in the Parisian museum. A total of 41 statues are gathering dust in the main nave of the Musée d’Orsay and on the two adjacent terraces. Since the museum was reopened in 1986, the passing years have left their mark...

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A Missing Rodin Sculpture Surfaces in New Jersey

The town of Madison, New Jersey (pop. 16,000) has been the home of a missing Rodin sculpture for 80 years without realizing it. The multi-million dollar bust of Napoleon had been sitting inconspicuously in the borough’s council meeting room when 22-year old Mallory Mortillaro, who has an undergraduate student in art history, saw a faint signature at the bottom of...

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The Struggle of 19th Century Women Artists in Paris

Despite the challenges, aspiring female artists flocked to Paris in the second half of the 19th century to seek careers as painters. In the face of societal and institutional pressures, these women created non-traditional paintings that played to their unique strengths. A selection of these will be shown in "Women Artists in Paris 1850-1900", an exhibition sponsored by the American...[Subscriber]

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A French Couple in Wyoming’s Cowboy Country

Two French people living in Wyoming share a passion for photography and horseback riding, and document the daily lives of cowboys in the American West. Eager to present their work to the world, the couple recently opened a gallery in the small town of Cody. Guillaume Beau de Loménie is the son of a banker, who grew up in Madagascar,...

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French Artist Lifts Mexican Child Over U.S. Border Wall
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French street artist JR has struck again. He's been traveling the world for his project, "Inside Out," and taking large photos of people to paste on the side of buildings. In the latest edition, he installed the image of a Mexican toddler peering curiously from the Mexican side of the border over the wall it shares with the United States....

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Bringing Parisian Artists to a Chicago Museum

Palais de Tokyo’s Hors les Murs program has been bringing work from the Parisian institution all around the world since its conception in 2013. The contemporary art museum will hold its first large-scale project in the U.S. in Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History from September 13 to October 29. For the project, titled Singing Stones, eleven French and...

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Capturing Environmental Changes from New York to Perpignan

New York photographer Steve Giovinco is renowned for his dusky landscapes, and has received funding from the French Ministry of Culture to document the consequences of global warming in the south of France. With his camera hung around his neck, Steve Giovinco is hot on the trail of environmental changes. The New York photographer has captured the destruction caused by...

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Meet Lola, the Little Miss Graffiti of Brooklyn

Spray paint in hand, Lola G. coats the walls of Brooklyn with multi-colored patterns, from blue elephants to tropical mermaids and other fantastical creatures. At just nine years old, the French girl is the world’s youngest street artist. The young artist’s career was originally launched by a chance encounter. In 2014, she was trying out her new marker pen on...

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The Jeff Koons Affair

American sculptor Jeff Koons gifted one of his creations to the city of Paris last November. But the gaudy work inspired by the Statue of Liberty is still a point of contention. The artist’s large-scale sculpture representing a bouquet of tulips is supposed to be pay homage to the victims of the Paris Attacks in 2015. The project is supported...