A day in Paris by Esprit de France #24

A day in Paris | Museums | Exhibitions | Outings
Mary Cassatt par Esprit de France
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Nostalgia for the18th century, from the Musée Jacquemart-André to the restaurant Lapérouse

Mary Cassatt par Esprit de France

The Musée Jacquemart-André was formerly the home of the couple Nélie Jacquemart and Edouard André, great collectors of eighteenth century works. It is always sheer pleasure to be surrounded by the magic of this place that has always been inhabited by the love of Art, whether it is for a simple cup of tea under the magnificent ceiling painted by Tiepolo for an exhibition. The opportunity is given today by an exhibition dedicated to Mary Cassatt. Born in a wealthy family in Pennsylvania, she is considered the greatest American woman artist of her time. Degas, who had discovered her work during an exhibition in Paris, had a real admiration for her work and introduced her to the Impressionist painters. But despite spending sixty years in France and exhibiting her works among the Impressionist circle, she is still surprisingly little-known to the French. She shares with Degas the same taste for colour brushed vigorously, and for oil or pastel treated in a very direct approach, a somewhat “American approach” so to speak. In the very first room of the exhibition, her Little girl in a blue chair sets the tone: great freedom in treatment and very natural-looking subjects. These are often family scenes featuring mothers and children, charming little girls with eccentric hats in the context of a washroom, of a reading room or a garden.

Exiting the museum, you might feel like enjoying dinner in another eighteenth century setting?

La Pérouse par Esprit de FranceOpen since that period, the Lapérouse restaurant has always had an outstanding reputation. Its impeccably and beautifully preserved decor overlooks the Seine and is well-worth a visit for its historical and gastronomic qualities. When the famous “king of chefs and chef of kingsAuguste Escoffier ran the kitchens over 100 years ago, Lapérouse became the leading meeting place for Tout-Paris’ literature, politicians and romance. Hearts, dates and exclamation marks can still be seen on the mirrors in various rooms; engraved by women with the diamonds given to them by their lovers. Whether this was romantic or just a way of testing the quality of the stones, we’ll never know !