James Overton

James Overton is an editor, writer, translator and interpreter who lives in St. Quentin en Yvelines, France.

Maximilien Luce [Re]trouvailles

October 19, 2016 | By James Overton | Archive

Postimpressionist Cache In a Paris Suburb The French Postimpressionist painter Maximilien Luce (1858-1941) bequeathed a hefty collection of his work – over 300 pieces – to the somewhat unfashionable town of Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris. Today the town is very … Read More

Etienne Daho

October 9, 2014 | By James Overton | Music

Arty French CroonerHits the Road Etienne Daho deep in thought. Arty French crooner Etienne Daho has launched a new tour that will take him all over France and into neighboring countries including Switzerland, Belgium and Britain Favorite

Carrier-Belleuse: Le Maître de Rodin

February 7, 2010 | By James Overton | Archive

A Forgotten Victorian-era Artist “Leda et le Cygne” (c. 1870). © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Image of the MMA Rescued from the oblivion of “unfashionable-ness” by the head of collections at the Palace of Compiègne, sculptures by … Read More

Sade: Attaquer le Soleil

February 7, 2010 | By James Overton | Archive

Artworks for a Depraved Imagination “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” (1877). © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski For generations following his death in 1814, Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, better known as the Marquis de Sade, was referred to only … Read More

Maurice de Vlaminck

February 7, 2010 | By James Overton | Archive

Artist on the Move, Literally and Figuratively “Les Meules” (1943), by Maurice de Vlaminck. © Photo Archives Wildenstein Institute, Paris/ADAGP Paris 2015 The work of Frenchman Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958), now on show at the Atelier Grognard in Rueil-Malmaison, just … Read More

Poussin et Dieu

February 7, 2010 | By James Overton | Archive

The Godly Side of French Baroque Painting “The Holy Family on the Steps” (1648). © The Cleveland Museum of Art The Louvre’s remarkable exhibition of works by the French master Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) invokes divine inspiration as its theme. There … Read More

Sorolla: The Paris Years

February 7, 2010 | By James Overton | Archive

Technical WizardryLights Up the Canvas “The Return from Fishing” (1894). © Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Photo: Gérard Blot/Hervé Lewandowski The paintings of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) are full of bravura technical wizardry. Even as a youngster, the Spanish artist was … Read More