Photo of the Week
Enjoying the view of Paris from on high. Photo: Eric Tenin of Paris Daily Photo.
Paris Update Art Notes
Van Gogh's "Landscape with Carriage and Train" (1890), a view of Auvers-sur-Oise.
Auvers-sur-Oise, less than 30 kilometers northwest of Paris, was the last stop on Vincent Van Gogh’s artistic journey. He found the village and its bucolic surroundings “gravely beautiful,” he wrote to his brother Theo. The doomed artist spent only 70 days there, a short but intensely creative time that produced nearly 80 paintings – among them "Wheatfield with Crows” and "The Church in Auvers” – before he took his own life in July 1890.
None of the works are still in Auvers, but the landscapes and architecture that inspired Van Gogh (and Pissarro and Cézanne) remain almost intact, attracting some 220,000 tourists annually. The most evocative site is the Auberge Ravoux, beautifully restored and now headquarters of the Institut Van Gogh, where visitors can view the modest garret room he rented (for 3.50 francs, with full board). The restaurant offers the same traditional recipes he enjoyed, such as rabbit pâté and blanquette de veau, at modern prices.
Anticipating the 125th anniversary of the artist’s death next year, the 2014 cultural season in Auvers (April 5-Sept. 21) is entitled “In the Footsteps of Van Gogh.” Hardly a ... Read more...
Paris Update This Week’s Events
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> Jazz festival in the Paris suburbs with international and French acts. Various locations, through April 11.
> Festival presenting 80 films from the past century featuring the legendary German city. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 20.
Biennale du Dessin
> Exhibition of drawings by 23 students or recent graduates of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, Paris, through April 12.
> Artists’ videos shown in a Neoclassical chapel. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, St Denis. Through April 28.
Festival de l’Imaginaire
> Performances by troupes from around the world, Maison des Cultures du Monde, Paris, through June 1.
Festival Hautes Tensions
> Festival celebrating street theater, hip-hop dance and contemporary circus, La Villette, Paris, through April 13.
> Auction of 120 Japanese haute-couture pieces dating from 1980-2000 by Yohji Yamamoto, Yamamoto Kansaï, Tokio Kumagai, Junko Shimada and Comme des Garçons. Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, April 10.
> A month-long celebration of Brazilian culture, with exhibitions of design and contemporary art and performances by Brazilian dancers and singers. Jardin d'Acclimatation, Paris, April 12-May 11.
Street Food Festival
> Everything from burgers and tacos to panini and barbecue. Wanderlust, Paris, April 11-13.
Caillebotte à Yerres: Au Temps de l'Impressionisme
Published on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00
Written by Heidi Ellison
At Home in the
Country with Caillebotte
Gustave Caillebotte’s “Rower in a Top Hat” (1875-78). Courtesy of the Comité Caillebotte, Paris
Gustave Caillebotte may be best known for his iconic views of Paris – think of “Paris Street, Rainy Day” (1877), with its elegant ladies and gentlemen sheltered by black umbrellas
Published on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:00
Written by Heidi Ellison
A Festival of
A designer booth at Maison F.
F is for frites, or French fries, if you prefer, the specialty of Maison F. After trying its tasty super-sized fries – wittily called “Boteros” – as an appetizer a couple of weeks ago, I
Published on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00
Written by Claudia Barbieri
A Century Apart in Time,
Brothers in Sensibility
Left: “Lucinda Childs” (1985), by Robert Mapplethorpe. © 2014 Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved. Right: “Assemblage: Deux Mains Gauches,” by Auguste Rodin. © Paris, Musée Rodin. Photo: C. Baraja
The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe dreamed of exhibiting in Paris. This spring, 25 years after his death at the age of 43 from complications of AIDS, two shows are belatedly
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