Courbet/Hodler: Une Rencontre

Courbet Country

Through January 6, 2020 | Musée Courbet | By Heidi Ellison

Any fan of the painter Gustave Courbet (1819-77) will relish the drive from Besançon to his hometown of Ornans in eastern France, near the Swiss border. You may even feel like a tiny figure in one of his luxuriant landscape … Read More


In a Manner of Painting

Through February 10, 2020 | Grand Palais | By Heidi Ellison

The first time I saw an exhibition of El Greco’s paintings, I thought they were profoundly weird and incomprehensible, but over time I have grown to love them and seek them out in the museums I visit. Now we can … Read More

La Beauté du Geste

The Artisan's Touch

Through August 31, 2020 | Sèvres National Ceramics Museum | By Heidi Ellison

One of Paris’s oft-forgotten treasures is the Sèvres National Ceramics Museum and Manufactory, where precious Sèvres porcelain is still made and a collection of centuries’ worth of ceramics from around the world is on show. To inaugurate its new Savoir-faire … Read More

Le Rêveur de la Forêt

Out of the Woods

Through February 23, 2020 | Musée Zadkine | By Heidi Ellison

The Musée Zadkine, one of my favorite places in Paris, is tucked away at the end of an alley near the Luxembourg Garden. The small museum, the former home and studio of sculptor Ossip Zadkine (1888-1967), is a peaceful haven … Read More

The World According to Roger Ballen

Chaos Rules!

Through July 31, 2019 | Halle Saint Pierre | By Heidi Ellison

American Photographer Roger Ballen does not have a very uplifting outlook on life. “Who’s the boss?“ he asked rhetorically at the press opening of the exhibition “The World According to Roger Ballen” at the Halle Saint Pierre. “Chaos!” he answered … Read More


Large Protagonists of the Living World

Through January 5, 2020 | Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain | By Heidi Ellison

Trees are trending at the moment, with new discoveries about their ability to communicate with and help each other and even other species, and their importance to the environment the subjects of many publications. In any case, everyone loves trees, … Read More