Dora Maar

The Price of A-musing Picasso

12th June 2019 | By Heidi Ellison | Exhibitions

Photographer and painter Dora Maar (1907-97), who was Picasso’s lover for eight years, beginning in 1936 (“I wasn’t his mistress,” she once said, “he was my master”), is probably best known today as “The Weeping Woman” in Picasso’s portraits of … Read More


Woman as Volcano

5th June 2019 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

No wonder there is so much mistrust of psychiatrists when the French keep making films like Sibyl, directed by Justine Triet. Sibyl (Virginie Efira) is a novelist turned shrink who wants to write another novel, so she dumps most of … Read More

Romantic Paris

Romance in Turbulent Times

29th May 2019 | By Heidi Ellison | Exhibitions

After the fall of Napoleon and his empire in 1815, 19th-century France lived through a series of monarchical restorations and new revolutions, with Paris always at the center of events. The major exhibition “Romantic Paris” at the Petit Palais looks at what … Read More

#Female Pleasure

Sex Crimes Uncovered

29th May 2019 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

The documentary #Female Pleasure doesn’t have much to do with France per se (except that a few scenes were shot in Paris), but its themes are universal, and I was dismayed to learn that this well-made documentary of compelling interest has had only … Read More


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