Heidi Ellison

Heidi Ellison, a long-time Paris resident, is a freelance journalist specializing in art, travel and literature. Her articles have been published in dozens of international publications, and she has contributed to a number of guidebooks on Paris and France.

Van Dyck

October 14, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Gentleman Painter “Portrait of a Family” (c. 1620). © Hermitage National Museum/Vladimir Terebenin, Leonard Kheifets, Yuri Molodkovets, Svetlana Suetova Anyone who thinks portrait paintings are boring should rush to see the new Van Dyck exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André. Although … Read More

Taxi Jaune

October 14, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Yellow Cab Cuisine Cheerful dining with often sublime results. February 2005; updated Oct. 15, 2008 The cheerful Taxi Jaune, located in the wholesale leather-goods section of the Marais (where tourists often fear to tred), has changed owners more often than … Read More

Mantegna

October 7, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Renaissance Fashions   “The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist.” © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden   This mega-exhibition at the Louvre might better have been called Mantegna & Co., since the works by the Italian master Andrea … Read More

Emil Nolde

September 30, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Storms of Color “La Mise au Tombeau” (1915). © Nolde Stiftung-Seebüll This exhibition, which promises to be one of the fall season’s blockbusters, will be a delightful eye opener for anyone who is not familiar with the work of Emil … Read More

Georges Rouault

September 23, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Through a Stained Glass Darkly “Bénigne” (1939). © ADAGP Paris 2008 Having never understood the appeal of the paintings of Georges Rouault, whose works can be immediately recognized by the heavy black outlines around the figures in them, I was … Read More

Première Etoile

September 16, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri

Delivering the Gourmet Goods The media-savvy The ingredients and the recipe finally arrived around 9 p.m. Photo: R. Hesse posed for the cover of her own book. Some time ago, I bought an exquisite takeout lunch salad at a fancy … Read More

Le Silence de Lorna

Hard Choices

September 9, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

With Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence), brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have made another of their morally complex films about marginalized people coping with the situations they find themselves in. These are no hapless victims of a cruel society, … Read More

La Rentrée Littéraire Sept. 2008

September 2, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Books

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll The usually bloated list of new books coming out during France’s fall publishing season, known as la rentrée littéraire, has slimmed down somewhat this year, with “only” 676 novels being published, 466 of … Read More

Sagan

Making Up the Past

July 1, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

Following on the enormous success of La Môme (La Vie en Rose in English), which detailed the rise and fall of French singer Edith Piaf, we now have Sagan, directed by Diane Kurys, which details the rise and fall of … Read More