Léon Monet

Brothers in Colors

May 26, 2023 | By Heidi Ellison | Exhibitions

Who knew (or cared) that the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet had a big brother? Well, he did, and now the Musée de Luxembourg is devoting an entire exhibition to Léon Monet  (1836-1917). What makes a famous artist’s brother interesting … Read More

Vivian Maier

Maier Mania

October 13, 2021 | By Heidi Ellison | Exhibitions

Who hasn’t yet heard of Vivian Maier, nanny by profession, photographer by avocation? Her story is so unusual and her photographs so good that she never ceases to fascinate. Now the Musée de Luxembourg is holding what is apparently the … Read More

Man Ray and Fashion

Rag Trade to Riches

December 2, 2020 | By Heidi Ellison | Exhibitions

Man Ray was Surrealism’s jokester and jack-of-all-arts. The impish-looking American was a painter (not a very successful one, though he saw it as his primary talent), photographer (known for his pioneering photograms, or “rayograms,” and many iconic images, such as … Read More

Les Tudors

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

The True Story BehindA Royal Soap Opera “Elizabeth I” (detail, c. 1600), by an English artist. © National Portrait Gallery, London, England The Musée du Luxembourg is holding another one of its enjoyably didactic biographical-historical exhibitions, similar to last year’s … Read More

Chagall: Between War and Peace

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Flying in the Face of Chagall-mania ”Au-dessus de Vitebsk” (1915-20). © ADAGP, Paris 2013/CHAGALL ® © The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence Like Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall (1887-1985) is a painter beloved by all, or so it would … Read More