Hokusai

February 7, 2010 | By James Overton | Archive

A New Way of Looking at the World “Chōshi in the Province of Sōshū” from the series “One Thousand Pictures of the Sea” (c. 1830-34). © Rmn-Grand Palais (Musée Guimet, Paris)/Thierry Olivier Japanese illustration and printmaking have been the subject … Read More

Raymond Depardon: A Tender Moment

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Around the World and Down on the Farm “Harar, Ethiopia, 2013.” © Raymond Depardon/Magnum Photos For someone who grew up on an isolated farm deep in the heart of France, Raymond Depardon has probably seen more of the world than … Read More

Georges Braque

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Beyond Cubism: The Whole Picture “Le Parc de Carrières-Saint-Denis” (1909-10). © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza © Adagp, Paris 2013 “Georges Braque,” one of Paris’s blockbuster autumn art exhibitions, opening today at the Grand Palais, walks us through nearly the whole career of … Read More

Brassaï: Pour l’Amour de Paris

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

The Man Who Captured ‘The Beauty of Sinister Things’ Brassaï’s “Le Ruisseau qui Serpente” (1932-33). Brassaï is known as the master of night photography, and it is indeed those images that shine the brightest in the exhibition “Brassaï: For the … Read More

Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Life Cut Short, Career Resurrected “Titre Inconnu (Clown, Cheval, Salamandre)” (c. 1911-12). Lisbon, CAM/Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Photo: Paulo Costa I was alerted to the exhibition “Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso” at the Grand Palais by a friend in Portugal, who wrote to … Read More

Velázquez

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

A Partial Look at The Painter’s Painter “The Toilet of Venus” (c. 1647-51). © The National Gallery Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) is justly considered one of the world’s all-time great painters – Manet called him “the painter’s painter” and “the greatest … Read More

Niki de Saint Phalle

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Art That Saves, Art That Kills “Les Trois Grâces” (1995-2003). © 2014 Niki Charitable Art Foundation. Photo: Philippe Cousin It seems that everyone in the world is familiar with Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Nanas,” those monumental sculptures of curvaceous goddesses … Read More

Haiti

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

A Survey of Haitian Art:   Beyond the Stereotypes “Poste Ravine Pintade” (c. 1980), by Fritzner Lamour. Not surprisingly, death looms large as subject matter in the exhibition “Haiti: Two Centuries of Artistic Creation” at the Grand Palais in Paris, … Read More

Monumenta: The Strange City

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Worshipping at The Church of Art “L’Etrange Cité,” by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov for “Monumenta 2014.” Photo: Didier Plowy pour la Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais Each year, for the event called “Monumenta,” a single artist is invited to fill … Read More

Félix Vallotton: Le Feu sous la Glace

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Smooth Surfaces, Seething Undercurrents “Femme Nue Assise dans un Fauteuil Rouge” (1897), by Félix Vallotton. © Rmn-Grand Palais/Jacques L’Hoir/Jean Popovitch How refreshing it is to discover an artist whose work you haven’t already seen over and over, especially when it … Read More