Posts Tagged ‘exhibition’

Volupte du Gout Voluptuous Taste

French Painting in the Age of Madame de Pompadour

While browsing the shelves of my favorite bookstore, I was so smitten by this book, titled La volupté du goût (“Voluptuous Taste”) by Philippe Le Leyzour and Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, that I purchased it on impulse, something I almost never do. It explores the role played by Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s most influential mistress and […]



Van Dyck Family portrait

More treasures from the Van Dyck exhibition at the Jacquemart-André

November is coming to a close. Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is on us. This reminds me that there were too many great works to fit into prior post about the Van Dyck exhibition at the at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris. Here is family portrait from Van Dyck’s early Flemish period. Keep in […]



Van Dyck Maria de Tassis

Sir Anthony Van Dyck, gentleman-paynter

I couldn’t resist using the antiquated spelling. For that was Sir Anthony’s full title: Principalle Paynter in Ordinarie to their Majesties. I visited the beautiful exhibition dedicated to Van Dyck at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris. First a short biography of the artist (here, in this self-portrait painted in his early twenties.) Born in 1599 […]



Calliope Collection of Josephine

Joséphine’s antiques

I had missed the exhibition titled De Pompéi à Malmaison, les antiques de Joséphine, at Malmaison and only discovered its existence today thanks to a poster in the metro! Joséphine Bonaparte purchased the Château of Malmaison, a few miles west of Paris, in 1799, only months before her husband seized power and became First Consul. […]



Laperouse bust

The Lapérouse expedition: travels and mystery

Jean-François de Galaup, Comte de Lapérouse was a French naval officer who fought on the American side during the Independence War. He distinguished himself by his humane treatment of British prisoners of war. It is interesting to note that, already in the 18th century, the treatment of prisoners of war was considered a test of […]



Velasquez Infanta Margarita

Paris exhibitions: an overview of the Fall 2008 season

Thanks to Sheramy at Van Gogh’s Chair for her Fall Exhibition Roundup. For Paris, Sheramy mentions Mystery and Glitter: Pastels in the Musée d’Orsay, from October 8, 2008 to February 1, 2009. This should indeed be wonderful. Also noteworthy at Orsay: Picasso/Manet: Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (a tie-up with the major Picasso show at the […]



jeff koons versailles

Jeff Koons at Versailles: a few pictures…

… are worth a thousand words.



Jeff Koons Balloon Flower

Jeff Koons before Versailles

The exhibition opens today! And whoever dreamed up this concept had a certain flair for provocation. The French and international press is abuzz with talk of the controversy. I, for one, am no fan of Jeff Koons‘s Made in Heaven series, featuring the artist involved in various sexual activities with his then wife, former porn […]



Nissim de Camondo Salon des Huets

Marie-Antoinette and the death of rococo

Marie Antoinette is sometimes credited for refining the rococo style that marked the “reign” of Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s most brilliant and influential mistress. The Louis XV style, a French variant of the rococo, can be illustrated by this photograph from the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris. The reign of Louis XVI and […]



Another take on the Boucher-Chardin exhibition at the Wallace

Brian Sewell is right in all he says in the Evening Standard about this exhibition. Yes, the “study of teapots” subtext given by the curators to paintings such as these Chardins is absurd, and can only be explained by the need to fill the space dedicated to the show. Yes, the dimly lit basement of […]