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Fragonard in love at the Luxembourg museum

published on October 22, 2015
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Opened in 1750, the Luxembourg museum was the first public museum in France. Its history is closely linked to the histories of the Palais du Luxembourg, where it was initially located, and to the Senate.

Now part of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux at the Grand Palais, it organises important exhibitions, such as the one dedicated to the most famous painter of the years just before the Revolution: Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806).

Landscapes, genre art, historic paintings and portraits, “Frago”, as he is fondly referred to, covered many genres during his forty-year-long career but according to his biographer, Alexandre Lenoir, “he devoted himself [mainly] to erotic art, in which he excelled.” Indeed, lovers are a central theme of his artwork and this is what is focused on in the exhibition entitled, Fragonard lovers, gallantry and libertinage.


Over 80 famous and private works of art have been borrowed from the most prestigious collections of Europe and the United States (including a painting lent by Jeff Koons, Young Girl Holding Two Puppies). Although the exhibition gives pride of place to Fragonard’s paintings and drawings, it also features works from his ambitious but less successful illustrations, including the drawings he did for La Fontaine’s Fables and Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso.

Organised around different themes such as, “the love of gods” and “dangerous reading”, the exhibition delves into the theme of love from the last flames of gallant love to the triumph of libertinage and the flourishing of sincere, sensitive, “romantic” love.  The numerous allusions to literary works and the moral and political context of the time help elucidate his works in a very interesting way.

After your visit, stop by for a sweet break at Angelina, its delightful tea room located at the museum exit.




Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue Vaugirad, Paris 6
Until 24th January 2016
Open everyday from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Late opening on Monday and Friday until 9.30 p.m
From 7,50 to 12 euros. Please book in advance.

Florence, Portraits at the Medici Court at the Jacquemart André Museum

published on October 19, 2015
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The Jacquemart-André museum in Paris is hosting the extraordinary collection of art works belonging to the portraitist, Nelie Jacquemart and banker, Edouard André.  The couple accumulated an impressive collection of paintings, which are on display in various parts of their luxurious late 20th century mansion. In the library, you will find paintings from Flemish and Dutch artists; French artists in the study, Italian artworks in Nélie’s workshop and English artists in the smoking room. There is even a fresco by Giambattista Tiepolo taken from a Villa in Venice adorning the wall in the landing. This unique collection of artworks reflects the splendour of a bygone era and decorative art.


There is currently an exhibition entitled, Florence, Portraits at the Medici Court, which is dedicated to the great Florentine portraitists of the 16th century. Commissioning a portrait – be it simply to leave an image of oneself for posterity or to convey one’s internal thoughts to others – became increasingly popular amongst the elite in 16th century Florence. The exhibition covers the main themes and stylistic changes in Florentine portraiture art and explores the new approach adopted by artists to immortalise their contemporaries in a century particularly rich in cultural and religious changes in many areas. The exhibition is also fortunate to have teamed up with such exceptional partners as the museums of Florence and some great painters, including Rosso Fiorentino, Andrea del Sarto, Alessandro Allori, Francesco Salviati, Pontormo and Bronzino.

Your visit to the museum would be incomplete if you didn’t pop in to its lovely tea shop located in the couple’s former dining room. Its terrace with a stone balustrade overlooks the Honneur court and its exquisite pastries are second to none.

 Portrait de Savanarole


158, boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8.
Metro: Saint Augustin or Miromesnil.
Open everyday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., late opening on Monday until 9.30 p.m.
From 10 to 12 euros.
Café: open everyday from 11.45 a.m to 5.30 p.m. (lunch from 11.45 a.m to 3 p.m and teatime from 3.00 p.m to 5.30 p.m).
The cafe is also open to non-visitors to the museum but does not take reservations.

Centenary of the Nissim Camondo museum and Monceau Park

published on August 18, 2015
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From 1911 to 1914, Moïse de Camondo, a rich banker, art fanatic and devotee of all things related to the 18th century, commissioned a mansion inspired by the Petit Trianon in Versailles to house his magnificent collection of furniture, paintings, carpets, jewellery and chinaware. He wanted to create the perfect hideaway with all the modern trappings of the day.

Le centenaire du Musée Nissim de Camando et le parc Monceau Esprit de France 2

The Monceau Park

At his death in 1935, he bequeathed his mansion along with all its contents to the Central Union of Decorative Arts. It is now known as the Nissim de Camondo museum, in homage to his son, who died during the First World War. Located on the periphery of the magnificent Monceau Park, the charming building is home to a plethora of exquisite items. The kitchens, service areas and bathrooms have all been painstakingly preserved in their original state and now afford visitors an insight into the lifestyle of the élite one hundred years ago. During this centenary year, visitors will be able to discover more interesting secrets about the background and architecture of the mansion.

End your visit with a stroll through nearby Monceau Park, with its rich history. In 1769, the Duke of Chartres (the future Duke of Orleans) acquired some land to construct a “place of pleasure, suitable for festivities and events”. 17 monuments from different eras and countries were erected in the park, including an obelisk, a minaret, an Egyptian pyramid, a Roman temple and the list goes on… Following the revolution, the park was confiscated and declared a national treasure – a place for promenades for the local aristocracy.


The Monceau Park by Gustave Caillebotte

Plan your visit

Nissim de Camando museum  
63 rue de Monceau, Paris 17.
From Wenesday to Sunday. 10.00 a.m. to 05.30 p.m.
6,5 to 9 euros.

Joined tickets Arts décoratifs + Nissim de Camondo Museum : 10 to 13 €

Parc Monceau
Everyday. 07.00 am to 10.00 pm during summer.

The Velàzquez event at Grand Palais

published on June 10, 2015
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Unless you are planning a stay in Madrid in the next few months, you must pay a visit to the Grand Palais for the exhibition of Diego Velàzquez, a major event of the Parisian cultural scene 2015.

Why is it so important? To begin with, it is the first solo exhibition in France of the most famous painter of the Spanish golden age, a true genius of art history (1599- 1660). Further, the breadth of the exhibition is exceptional. The exhibition’s curator, Guillaume Kientz, has achieved the feat of bringing together half of all the painter’s works (around a hundred for 43 years of career), including, notably, works from the Prado in Madrid.

So you will discover several masterpieces at the Grand Palais. Our favorites: the impressive Portrait of Pope Innocent X, with his piercing eyes or The Toilet of Venus, a rare nude echoing the Roman sculpture and judiciously exposed next to the Sleeping Hermaphrodite. Only one masterpiece is missing: Las Meninas, or The Family of Felipe IV, a monument that is never moved. However a copy is on display to avoid too much frustration.

Despite the crowds, it is certainly a great joy to admire the full panoply of the works of the artist that Edouard Manet described as “the painter’s painter”.  Starting from his apprenticeship in Seville, to his early career at the Madrid Court and a glimpse of his voyages to Italy, you are shown every facet of this ambitious painter and precursor to modern painting. His portraits of course but also “scenes de genre” or religious painting.

We take account of his significant influences, in particular, his discovery of caravaggism which transcends his painting. We marvel at his creativity and his fundamental contribution to modern art.  With The Portrait of Pablo de Valladolid, Velàzquez began a new art of portrait. The set disappears: no wall, no floor. Only the shadows produce perspective.

A great moment in history and pictorial pleasure not to be missed for any reason. As Francis Bacon said, “Velazquez found the perfect balance between the ideal illustration, which he was required to produce, and the overwhelming emotion he aroused in the spectator”.

Plan your visit

This exhibition is of course very busy. Buy an online ticket (at least the day before) if you do not want to queue for long.

Plan a visit with a guide if you can. If you do not have enough time, you should experience “connected glasses” a new digital experience (be careful: you must not wear glasses)

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais     
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower – Paris 8
Until the 13th of  July 2015

Wednesday – Saturday, 10.00 a.m. -10.00 p.m.
Sunday – Monday, 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Closed Thuesday



Diego Velazquez, Portrait of the pope Innocent X, 1650, 140 x 200, Oil on canvas, Rome, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, © Amministrazione Doria Pamphiljry


Diego Velazquez, The Toilet of Venus, 1647-1651, 123 x 177 cm, Oil on canvas, The National Gallery, © The National Gallery


From the 30s to the 70s: fashion tour in the 16th arrondissement of Paris

published on June 4, 2015
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Close by the Museum of Modern Art and Palais de Tokyo and not far away from Place du Trocadero lie two must-see artistic venues of the fashion world: the Palais Galleria and the Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. The following itinerary will help guide you through these two beautiful exhibitions.

Start with a flashback to the 30s. Palais Galliera is a magnificent, neo-Renaissance hotel offering the first Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) retrospective. The hotel showcases about a hundred timeless, romantic exemplars of robes de style, evening and robes bijoux style dresses, all within the beautiful setting created by Alber Elbaz, current Creative Director of the House (the oldest fashion house still in business today).

Spare a few moments to admire the views from the gardens of the Palais before making your way to the Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent Foundation located just a brief walk away. The Yves Saint Laurent 1971, Scandal Collection plunges you into the history of the sultry collection that caused such an uproar amongst the press and public alike during the German occupation. This intimate place will reveal the secret of the creative process of the designer, through a variety of forms (original sketches, workshop notes, collections, etc…).

Palais Galliera
Jeanne Lanvin, 8 March – 23 August 2015  
10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16
Tuesday – Sunday, 10.00 a.m. –6.00 p.m.
Late opening : 9.00 p.m. on Thursday

Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent 1971, Scandal Collection, 19 March – 19 August 2015
3 rue Léonce Reynaud, Paris 16
Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 a.m. –6.00 p.m.

Plan your vist

- Enjoy the partnership between the Foundation and the Palais Galliera (reduced prices). Duration of the visit for the 2 exhibitions: 2 hours.
- Need a coffee break with astonishing views? Enjoy the terraces of Palais de Tokyo and Museum of Modern Art.
- Shopping temptation?  Extend your fashion experience on the « Avenue Montaigne », the great names in the world of luxury, a brief walk away.



The Galliera Museum


At the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition

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At the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition

La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy

published on March 10, 2015
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La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy
Musée Marmottan Monet
From the12th of February, 2015 to the 5th of July, 2015

The Musée Marmottan Monet presents until July 5th, 2015 the first exhibition ever dedicated to the theme of ‘La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy.’

The exhibition brings together works by major artists of the fifteenth century to the present, explores the rituals of cleanliness, their spaces and their gestures. This is the first time such a subject, unique and indispensable, is presented in the form of an exhibition. In these works that reflect everyday practices that might seem mundane, the public will discover the pleasures and surprises with a depth that few expected. Prestigious museums and international collections joined enthusiastically in this project giving major loans, including some paintings that have never been shown since their creation. One hundred paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and motion pictures («time-lapse») allow to offer an exceptional exhibition.

The exhibition opens with an outstanding collection of engravings by Dürer, de Primatice, paintings from the l’Ecole de Fontainebleau, including a Clouet, the outstanding Femme à la puce by Georges de La Tour, a unique and amazing collection of François Boucher, showing the invention of gestures and the special places one washed in the Old Regime Europe.

In the second part of the exhibition, visitors will discover that with the nineteenth century there was a profound renewal of tools and modes of cleanliness. The appearance of the bathroom, that of a more diverse and abundant use of water inspired Manet, Berthe Morisot, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec and other artists, not least, unpublished scenes of women washing in tubs or in makeshift tanks. The gestures are disrupted, the space becomes definitively closed and made to conceal privacy, from which emerges a deep impression of intimacy and modernity.

The last part of the exhibition presents to the vistor the both familiar and disconcerting modern bathrooms and there «functional» uses, with artworks from Pierre Bonnard which show bathroom spaces where one is allowed, away from the eyes of others and the noise of the city, to dream.

La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy
From the12th of February, 2015 to the 5th of July, 2015
Musée Marmottan Monet
2, rue Louis-Boilly
75016 Paris – France

Tél : +33 (0)1 44 96 50 33
Site web :

Jeune femme ‡ sa toilette

Eugène Lomont, Jeune femme à sa toilette, 1898
Huile sur toile, 54 x 65 cm, Beauvais, Musée départemental de l’Oise
© RMN Grand Palais / Thierry Ollivier

Jeune femme ‡ sa toilette

François Eisen, Jeune femme à sa toilette, 1742
Huile sur toile, 36,5 x 27,3 cm, Abbeville, Musée d’Abbeville
© RMN-Grand Palais /Thierry Ollivier

La Femme ‡ la puce

Georges de La Tour, La Femme à la puce, 1638
Huile sur toile, 121 x 89 cm, Nancy, Musée Lorrain
© RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Bernard

Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.

published on October 28, 2014
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Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.
Musée du Luxembourg
From the 9th of October, 2014 to the 8th of February, 2015

Around Cézanne, Renoir or Monet, the Museum of the Luxembourg presents the first exhibition dedicated to Paul Durand-Ruel (on 1831 – 1922), the main art dealer passionate about the XIXth century, the discoverer of the Impressionists and the inventor of the modern art market.

Most major public and private Impressionists collections were in fact made ​​to the Durand-Ruel gallery at the turn of the twentieth century. No Impressionist sale took place without a painting that was once  exhibited in his gallery. From his discovery of Impressionism in the early 1870s to the success of the turn of the century, Paul Durand- Ruel had indeed bought, sold, exposed thousands of works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro , Sisley, Morisot and Cassatt . This story has not been smooth, and if he is now hailed as a visionary dealer, Durand -Ruel indeed made ​​the bet of Impressionism. It is this chapter in the history of the gallery and the story of a man the exhibition aims at showing and explaining with the help of new research.

The exhibition gathers eighty masterpieces of the impressionism and redraws an artistic avant-garde getting access in the international gratitude.

Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.
From the 9th of October, 2014 to the 8th of February, 2015
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
+ 33 (0)1 40 13 62 00



Les Borgia et leur temps

published on October 3, 2014
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Les Borgia et leur temps
Musée Maillol
From the 17th of September, 2014 to the 15th of February, 2015

The Borgia family owes its celebrity thank to statesmen, their popes and to their outstanding personalities. Their sulphurous reputation fascinated writers so different as Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, comic strip writers or still television.

Through portraits of the family, visitors to the exhibition will discover the families’ true faces, as well as those of the major protagonists of the period: princes, philosophers, scientists and theologians. An epoch in turmoil following the discovery of America and the Italian wars, against a background of unrest fermented by the friar, Girolamo Savonarole, already foreshadowing the Protestant Reformation to come and the birth of a new generation of humanists. At the dawn of the 16th century, Erasmus and Luther illustrated the renewal of philosophy.

Les Borgia et leur temps
From the 17th of September, 2014 to the 15th of February, 2015
Musée Maillol
59-61 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 22 59 58



Juan de Juanes – Portait of the pope Alexandre VI
1586 – Oil on leather (guadamacile)
83 X 56 cm
Valence, Cabildo Metropolitano de Valencia
© Francisco Alcántara


Altobello Melone – Portrait de gentilhomme (César Borgia?) – 1513
Oil on wood 58,1X48,2 cm
Bergame, Accademia Carrara di Bergamo
© Archivio fotografi co Accademia Carrara

Francucci Innocenzo dit Innocenzo da Imola Portrait présumé de Vannozza Cattanei First half of the 16th century Oil on canvas 83 X 62 cm Rome, Galleria Borghese © SSPSAE e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma

Francucci Innocenzo dit Innocenzo da Imola
Portrait présumé de Vannozza Cattanei
First half of the 16th century
Oil on canvas 83 X 62 cm
Rome, Galleria Borghese
© SSPSAE e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma

Disappeared Paris, restored Paris

published on July 31, 2014
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On the occasion of 850 years of the Cathedral Notre-Dame, the archaeological Crypt of the square Notre-Dame dedicates an exhibition to the history of Paris by archaeological restoration (interactive 3D experiences). Visitors are invited to discover vestiges protected in the Crypt and to re-place them in the architectural context and the history of their time.

The archaeological tracks kept under the square, at the heart of Paris, show buildings which followed one another since the Roman creation of Lutetia until the Haussmann transformations of the XIXth century.

They result from the intense urbanization of the place in the course of the centuries and their mess is today difficult to read for the general public.

This exhibition uses the principle of the archaeological restoration to give to the visitor the essential keys in the understanding of the site.

Exhibition until December 31st, 2014
Crypte archéologique du parvis Notre-Dame
Programmation : Every day (except Monday, August 15th, December 25th) from 10 am. to 6 pm.
Price : entry €7, reduced rate €5
7, place Jean-Paul II (Parvis Notre-Dame)
75004 paris



PARIS 1900 LA VILLE SPECTACLE – The City Entertainment

published on July 31, 2014
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This exhibition, around 600 works and objects, pulls us in Paris of the beginning of the XXth century.

Paris shows its magnificence through its art and its modernity: cinematograp, transport, constructions …

The City Light still shines with one thousand fires everything around the world.
You will discover various views concerned the advent of the cinema, the fashion, the department stores, the Art nouveau; all which contributed to build the image of Paris as the city of the luxury and the leisure activities for all.

The exhibition presents so many works of art, suits, posters, old photos as paintings and sculptures. The big names display throughout six reconstituted detached houses: Rodin, Mucha, Guimard, Méliès, Picasso, fashion designers and fashionable decorators.

A real kaleidoscope of this life dreamed about Paris 1900, about Belle Epoque where technical innovations, art of living, cabarets and dancers of French cancan, affect us in the elegance to the Parisian; all these images cross and collide in the course of this completely sucessful exhibition.

Until the 17th August 2014
Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris






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