Posts Tagged ‘exhibition’

Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian and her daughters: at the crossroads of art and science

This exhibition, titled Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science, brings long overdue attention to these three naturalists and painters. Maria Sibylla, born in Frankfurt in 1647 into a family of publishers and printers, was encouraged to develop her artistic gifts by her stepfather, himself a still-life painter. She published her first […]



Chardin La toilette

A follow-up on Boucher and Chardin at the Wallace

I have now seen the Boucher & Chardin exhibition twice and still can’t decide what it was about: was it tea in the 18th century? French versus English way of life? Chardin versus Boucher? All three, I believe, possibly more. In any case, it was too much for a two-room show.  Yet those shortcomings could […]



Goya in Times of War: at the Prado in Madrid

This time it is not a failed movie adaptation, but an exhibition of 200 works at the Prado. From portraits of children, like Goya’s grandson Mariano, to nightmarish visions and the all too real horrors of war, an exploration of the artist’s astonishing range. This exhibition was organized for the bicentennial of the Spanish War […]



Empire style Josephine chair

Another exhibition in Paris: Napoléon, Symbols of Power

This should be another interesting exhibition (Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, until October 5, 2008.) See the slide show for a preview. I have already mentioned Bonaparte’s deft handling of his own public image. He was also a micro-manager. No subject, however trivial, escaped his attention. He set out to reform not only the legal […]



Lapérouse, explorer extraordinaire, at the Musée de la Marine

Many thanks to Sheramy at Van Gogh’s Chair for an excellent list of this summer’s exhibitions in the United States and France. By the way, if you wish to see Marie-Antoinette or Babylon, you should hurry, because both will be closing in early June. Sheramy did not mention another exhibition, more historical than artistic in […]



Marie Antoinette court dress Vigee Lebrun

Marie-Antoinette: the destiny of a Queen

The Marie-Antoinette exhibition at the Grand Palais was so vast and complex that I wanted to let my impressions settle a bit before consigning them to cyberspace. The part of Marie-Antoinette’s life that was least familiar to me was her childhood in Vienna. In this regard the exhibition does a very good job of evoking […]



Marie Antoinette Grand Palais

Marie-Antoinette at the Grand Palais: a major exhibition

Yes, I went to the Grand Palais this afternoon, and yes, it is wonderful! I half expected that someone had simply thrown together objects I had seen at the Carnavalet Museum or in Versailles. Not so. I discovered many objects I did not know. Just an example: in one of the rooms, you have three […]



Fragonard at the Getty Center: Allegories of Love

I said earlier that I would report on the Fragonard exhibition when I returned to Los Angeles. Well, I am a woman of my word. Not that going to the Getty required too much of an effort. The weather here is balmy, as though to make me me feel how foolish I am to spend […]



French paintings in New York: Poussin at the Met

When I visited the French Paintings Department of the Louvre a few weeks ago, I looked for one of my favorites there, the beautiful set of the four seasons by Poussin. Alas, it was incomplete. Summer, or Ruth and Boaz, was missing. Summer had already crossed the Atlantic and can be admired  until May 11 […]



Benjamin Franklin Duplessis

An American in Paris: Benjamin Franklin at the Musée Carnavalet

The Carnavalet, like the Cluny, is one of Paris’s lesser-known museums. It is dedicated to the history of the capital and contains a unique collection (some say a hodgepodge, I call it a treasure trove) of objects related to life in Paris since prehistoric times. You won’t find any masterpieces there, but every Paris lover, […]