The Mistress of Paris

Take a walk on the wild side of Belle Epoque Paris with this biography of Emile-Louise Delabigne, known as countess Valtesse de la Bigne (1848-1910). who was a legendary French courtesan and demi-modaine. Her lovers included countless painters, writers and politicians, while her affairs with women caused a scandal in ...


Paris by it's Writers

Much of Paris' romantic patina comes from tales told by writers who have lived here. Balzac in Passy, Proust in the Monceau plain, Colette in the Palais-Royal, Hemingway in Montparnasse, Sartre and Beauvoir in Saint-Germain-des-Prés…  A new bilingual book "Paris by it's Writers," written by Francoise Besse (published ...


Avedon's France: Old World, New Look

Richard Avedon's French connection is the focus of an exhibition at Paris' Bibliotheque-Mitterand (to February 26, 2017). From early fashion photos taken in Paris during the 40's and 50's to pictures taken in the 80's for magazines such as "Egoiste" to his last visits to his French photographer friend Lartique, the ...


Loire Plein Air Painting Workshop

Treat yourself to a week of painting taught by Tom Hughes May 20-27, 2017 while discovering the magical troglodyte village of Trôo. Perched above the river Loire in the northern Loire Valley this remarkable village features unique cave houses dug into the hillside that provide stunning views over the village, river and ...


Paris Bernard Buffet Retrospective

One of the most interesting artists of the French post WWII era is expressionist painter Bernard Buffet (1928-1999). He was part of the anti-abstract group "l'homme Temoin."  With meteoric success he gained fame and fortune in his early twenties. For awhile he was considered the rival of PIcasso. One magazine at the ...


American Painting in the 1930's

After its debut at the Art Institute of Chicago the exhibition "American Painting in the 1930's" comes to Paris' Musee Orangerie. The exhibition includes the iconic Grant Wood's  "American Gothic" along with lesser-known work produced during "an age of anxiety."  It is the first time that "American Gothic" (now in the ...


English-speaking Paris

Many American residents joined nearly a thousand Parisians as they marched last Saturday near the city's iconic Eiffel Tower demonstrating their worries about Trump's agenda. The march was organized by an informal Facebook goup "Paris Against Trump." Carrying signs saying such things as "Hate Won't Make America Great" ...


John Baxter's Saint-Germain-des-Pres

The Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood is world famous for its connection with artists, writers and intellectuals... and now shopping. For many years this part of Paris has been a stronghold of the "sans culottes," a refuge to artists and a place for bohemians. Napoleon, Hemingway, and Sartre have all called it home. ...


"Uprisings" at Jeu de Paume

Paris' Jeu de Paume hosts a major exhibition this autumn titled "Soulevement," which translates from French as "Uprisings" (to January 15, 2017). This multimedia exhibition—paintings, video, books, photography— curated by philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman, reflects on revolts, resistance and protest ...


Annika Von Hausswolff's "Grand Theory Hotel"

Swedish artist-photographer Annika Von Hausswolff is exhibiting work she has produced over the last ten years at Paris' Insititut Suedois (until March 19, 2017). Her themes include patriarchal structures, criminology, global capitalism and the subconscious. Some of the artist's recent work incorporates traditional ...


Paris Scratch

Bart Plantenga describes his new book "Paris Scratch" as "not quite poems, not quite journal entries... meta-factual snapshots of everyday Paris life. With 365 entries or "snaps" this book is like a year of postcards sent from the bohemian Paris of twenty-five years ago. Indeed back in the day (1990 to be exact) ...


The Spectacular Second Empire

A major exhibition—"Spectaculaire Second Empire, 1852-1870"— at the Musee d'Orsay celebrates the museum's 30th anniversary (to January 15, 2017). It revisits a time when France was at its zenith with paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings, objets d’art and jewels depicting a brilliant era rich in ...


Nicolas Clauss' "Endless Portraits"

When most people think of computer generative images they think  of sci-fi special effects or arty over the top  'neo-baroque' constructions. The beauty of French artist Nicolas Clauss' digitally manipulated images is in their subtlety and how much they recall traditional photographic portraiture. He has made a series ...


Brassai's Graffiti Photographs

Every so often back in the '30s, dark stretches of nighttime Paris would be lit by a sulfurous flash. Brassai was at work, taking pictures in which conventional beauty held little appeal. Like Toulouse-Lautrec, he was a well-born, highly trained visual artist who found inspiration in the down and dirty. In addition to ...

  

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