Art Imitates Life Imitates Art

Through September 19, 2021 | Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen | By Heidi Ellison

The lovely Musée des Beaux-arts in Rouen is celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of its famed native son Gustave Flaubert with a clever exhibition based on his historical novel Salammbô. Why Salammbô and not the much more famous Madame … Read More

Drawing Factory

The Drawing on the Wall

| Drawing Factory | By Heidi Ellison

Most of us have been to open-studio events, and while it is always interesting to see artists’ studios and their work, the quality of the latter often leaves something to be desired, leading to art fatigue. At the Drawing Factory’s … Read More

Women Painters 1780-1830

A Place at the Easel

Through July 4, 2021 | Musée du Luxembourg | By Heidi Ellison

In an entrepreneurial spirit not often found among state-run French museums, the Musée du Luxembourg is offering its exhibition “Peintres Femmes, 1780-1830.” (“Women Painters”) for online viewing for €5 (€9 if you agree to visit the exhibition in the company … Read More

Gérard Garouste: Correspondences

Kafka Explained?

Through June 19, 2021 | Galerie Templon | By Heidi Ellison

The prolific French painter Gérard Garouste (b. 1946) likes a good story, whether it comes from mythology, religion or fiction. He seems to use these sources to explore the depths of his own unconscious – expressed through colorful, energetically painted … Read More

Le Paris de Dufy

La Vie en Rose in Paris

Through September 2021 | Musée de Montmartre | By Heidi Ellison

Some French museums are still optimistically putting up exhibitions in hopes that they will be allowed to open their doors before the show’s announced end date arrives. One of them is the delightful Musée de Montmartre, up on the hilltop … Read More

Parc de Sceaux

Escape from Paris

| | By Heidi Ellison

With Covid-fatigued Parisians desperate for a ray of sunshine, every square inch of space in Paris’s parks and on the banks of its waterways is occupied when the weather is good, mostly by people who have taken off their masks … Read More

Galerie Perrotin

Strange Dreams

Through March 27, 2021 | | By Heidi Ellison

One of Paris’s leading contemporary art galleries, Perrotin, in the Marais, is currently holding two exhibitions of interest. The first, “Inner Songes,” features the work of Jens Fänge, a Swedish artist I was unfamiliar with but was more than happy … Read More

Massimo De Carlo Pièce Unique

Open Window on Art

Through February 27, 2021 | | By Heidi Ellison

Defying the pandemic-induced gloom in the gallery world, commercial spaces seem to be proliferating in Paris’s Marais, with two new ones recently opened, both by Italian gallerists. The latest addition, the tiny Massimo De Carlo Pièce Unique, couldn’t be more … Read More