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William Turner : great precursor of impressionism and abstraction. 


What a delight to know that the exhibition devoted to William Turner, one of the geniuses of the English golden age, has been extended. Thanks to a partnership and exceptional loans from the London Tate, the Musée Jacquemart-André highlights how watercolor affected the artist’s life. Indeed, at the start of his artistic career, after his training at the Royal Academy in London, he traveled round the United Kingdom and painted on the motif for publications such as Picturesque Views of England or English Ports, but it would appear that his trip to Rome and Venice in Italy unleashed his desire to experiment freely with color and pictorial brushstroke. From the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815, lasting peace was established in Europe, which enabled him to make a Grand Tour there. The sixty watercolors and ten oil paintings on show shed light on the evolution of his work, which was initially classically precise regarding architecture and landscape topography and then gradually moved away from pictorial conventions, acquiring an extraordinary freedom. A great admirer of French painter Le Lorrain’s sunset golden lights, he uses both techniques -oil and watercolor- to create landscapes splashed with light. Transparency and luminosity make this romantic artist the great precursor of impressionism and abstraction

auteuil-brasserie_1_byespritdefrance.jpgDelighted with your visit, your steps may lead you to the west of Paris at the Hotel du Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées and then for a pleasant moment of relaxation at the Brasserie d'AuteuilNestled into the old Auteuil railway station, this place is quite something and has become a cozy and spacious hotspot for this summer. There are several floors offering different atmospheres: café, bar, restaurant, terrace or rooftop. The premises have been turned into a Tuscan holiday home resembling the most beautiful seaside villas in Forte Dei Marmi. The decor, combining wooden floors, earthenware, ceramics, terracotta floor tiles, flax and lava stone, takes you directly from the Porte d'Auteuil to the heart of ItalyThe Parisian rooftop terrace is ideal for aperitifs and leisurely meals, cocktail buffets and even a good old game of Pool. The 20-month cured Parma ham, lobster and liguine, Amaretto tiramisù, and Philippe Faur ice cream will make you think you are really there