Photo of the Week
A little girl picking up confetti after an Easter parade. Photo: Eric Tenin of Paris Daily Photo.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 00:00
Paris Update Art Notes
THE IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS THAT
GOT AWAY FROM THE MUSEUMS
“Tournant du Loing à Moret. Printemps” (1886), by Alfred Sisley. Pérez Simón Collection, Mexico. © Arturo Piera
Even if you think you never want to see another Impressionist painting in your life, you should still go to see the exhibition “Les Impressionnistes en Privé” (“Impressionist Works from Private Collections: 100 Masterpieces”), at the Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet through July 6. Just be prepared to wait in a long line and jostle with fellow visitors who are also trying to get a glimpse of these paintings belonging to the lucky few, which may never be exhibited in public again in our lifetimes. This being the museum that is said to own the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet, it is only fitting that the show offers a few magnificent works by him, among them “Snow Effect, Sunset” (1875), an atmospheric view of a snow-covered village, and the amazing near-abstract “Leicester Square (London), Night,” (1900-01), with its vibrant explosions of city lights against shadowy buildings and murky skies. There are also notable contributions from Gustave Caillebotte, especially the wistful “Interior, Woman at the Window” (c. 1880), all in shades of blue and black, in which a woman stares out the window while a man sits beside her in an armchair reading a newspaper. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that among these “100 masterpieces” by the great names of Impressionism and some of their forerunners, like Corot and Boudin, there are many that really are. Heidi Ellison
Paris Update This Week’s Events
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> 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 Séries Mania
> A free festival of TV series from around the world, plus debates, conferences and guests. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 30.
Le Rouge & le Blanc
> Wine-tasting event with 30 producers from the regions of France. La Cartonnerie, Paris, April 27.
> 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, through May 11.
> The Société Française Shakespeare celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth with performances, lectures and seminars. Various locations, Paris, through April 27.
Weekend Corps/Carreau du Temple
> Performances, concerts, theater, dance, circus acts, sporting demonstrations and exhibitions to celebrate the opening of the renovated Carreau du Temple, a 19th-century steel and glass covered market. Free admission. Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 25-27.
> A festival of films by the Japanese master. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through May 26.
Cathedrals 1789-1914: A Modern Myth
Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00
Written by Heidi Ellison
Shedding New Light on
The Gothic Style
“Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds” (c. 1825), by John Constable. © The Metropolitain Museum of Art. Dist. RMN Grand Palais
“Cathedrals 1789-1914: A Modern Myth,” the ambitious new exhibition at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Rouen, is less about cathedrals per se than it is about the revival in the 18th
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 00:00
Written by Heidi Ellison
Promises Great Things
Le Servan, set to be Paris's next restaurant à la mode.
When a friend invited me to eat at a new Paris restaurant, Le Servan, I immediately turned to the Web to learn more about it, but could find only one mention – amazing in the age of
How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City
Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Written by Nick Hammond
Let There Be Light:
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