avril 16th, 2018

Mary Cassat – An American Impressionist in Paris

The Musée Jacquemart-André, from March 9 to July 23, 2018, hold a major retrospective devoted to Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). 

Mary Cassatt, circa 1889, John J. Emery Fund © Cincinnati Art Museum

Considered during her lifetime as the greatest American artist, Mary Cassatt lived in France for more than sixty years. She was the only American painter to have exhibited her work with the Impressionists in Paris.

The exhibition focuses on the only American female artist in the Impressionist movement; she was spotted by Degas in the 1874 Salon, and subsequently exhibited her works alongside those of the group.

This monographic exhibition enable visitors to rediscover Mary Cassatt through fifty major works, comprising oils, pastels, drawings, and engravings, which, complemented by various documentary sources, convey her modernist approach — that of an American woman in Paris.

Just like Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt excelled in the art of portraiture, to which she adopted an experimental approach. Influenced by the Impressionist movement and its painters who liked to depict daily life, Mary Cassatt’s favourite theme was portraying the members of her family, whom she represented in their intimate environment.

Her unique vision and modernist interpretation of a traditional theme such as the mother and child earned her international recognition. Through this subject, the general public discover many familiar aspects of French Impressionism and Postimpressionism, along with new elements that underscore Mary Cassatt’s decidedly American identity.

The exhibition bring together a selection of exceptional works loaned from major American museums, such as Washington’s National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation in Chicago; works also be loan by prestigious institutions in France — the Musée d’Orsay, the Petit Palais, INHA, and the BNF (French National Library) — and in Europe, such as the Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, and the Bührle Foundation in Zurich. There are also many works from private collections. Rarely exhibited, these masterpieces are be brought together in the exhibition for the first time.

Curator of the exhibition: Dr. Nancy Mowll Mathews. Chief Curator and Lecturer Emeritus, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., USA. Specialist Mary Cassatt.

Jacquemart-André Museum, 158 bd. Haussmann, 75008 Paris – France.

Opening hours: open 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm.

More information: www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

septembre 13th, 2016

Picasso – Giacometti : Dialogue between two masters


Picasso - Giacometti : Dialogue between two masters
Exhibition from October 4, 2016 to February 5, 2017 at the Museum Picasso-Paris

The Picasso Museum presents the first exhibition dedicated to the two greatest artists’s works of the twentieth century: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).

Thanks to an exceptional loan from the Giacometti Foundation, this new exhibition, which will occupy the ground  and first floors of the hotel Salé, collects together more than 200 works of  the two masters from the sumptuous collections of the Picasso Museum and the Giacometti Foundation, as well as loans from French and foreign collections.

An important piece of research, managed together between the archives of the Museum Picasso and Giacometti Foundation, revealed unpublished documents, sketches, notebooks and meaningful annotations. They throw light on the unknown relationships between the two artists, relationships both friendly and formal, and the mutual benefit they had supported , despite twenty years of age difference.

With different temperaments, but both characterized by great freedom of mind and creativeness, Picasso and Giacometti share a fascination with the connections between Eros and Thanatos, like the swing of the limits of representation. From their encounter in the early 1930s until their dialogues that improved their mind during the post-war period concerning the arguments for a return to realism, the two artists have never stopped to exchange impressions about their creation. As the exhibition reveals it, many formal and thematic similarities brought their works closer to the surrealist period. From the late 1930s onwards, both will transform their practice and share questionings about art and its relation to reality, which the painter-sculptor and the sculptor-painter respond with different formal solutions.

Curator: Catherine Grenier.

Associated Curators: Serena Bucalo-Mussely et Virginie Perdrisot

Musée national Picasso-Paris – 5 rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris – France.

More information: www.museepicassoparis.fr


avril 24th, 2011

Paris at the time of the impressionists


Johan Barthold Jongkind.
La Seine et Notre-Dame de Paris © RMN (musée d’Orsay)

The event exhibition from 12 April to 30 July 2011 at the City Hall of Paris

The canvases of Claude Monet, Edouard Vuillard and Edgar Degas will take over the Town Hall in Paris for an exceptional exhibition.

They marked the history of art. Monet, Edouard Vuillard, Edgar Degas, Gustave Caillebotte, Jean Béraud … The Hôtel de Ville will hosts the greatest Impressionist names, with paintings, pastels and drawings evoking Paris and its inhabitants at the turn of the century. This major, free exhibition is organised with the exceptional support of the Musée d’Orsay, the French reference on the 19th century and the Impressionist period.

In 1879, Édouard Manet was refused permission to decorate a room in the newly rebuilt Hôtel de Ville. One hundred and thirty years later, the Town Hall in Paris is paying tribute to the artist’s dream: a selection of Impressionist works describing their vision of life will be on display in the Saint-Jean room of the Hôtel de Ville.

During its renovation work, the Musée d’Orsay is loaning out several dozen canvases and drawings. Most of these drawings have never before been displayed to the public! You will also be able to discover architectural documents and models showing the new identity of the Paris of Napoleon III.

Between 1848 and 1914, the new Paris was at the centre of artistic preoccupations. The Impressionists identified with the dynamic and eventful urban life, the boulevards, streets and bridges with their constant activity. The metro was built, allowing Parisians greater ease of movement.
Jongkind and Lépine, Manet and Degas, Monet and Renoir, Caillebotte and Pissarro would all become fascinated by the city and life of Paris, highlighting its modernity (Monet, Saint-Lazare Train Station). Gauguin and Van Gogh, Signac, Luce, later Bonnard and Vuillard also explored it, even its underground life, with The Underground.

The exhibition in the St Jean room of the Hôtel de Ville will allow the installation of monumental works. The first part, on the mezzanine, will present the changing city through paintings, pastels, architectural drawings and models. The large nave will be dedicated to an animated and turbulent Paris, with its wide horizons (The Orchestra at the Opera House by Degas, La Guinguette in Montmartre by Van Gogh, etc.).

Free exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. Entrance: 5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris

Métro station: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 7).

Every day except Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 7 pm

More informations: http://www.paris.fr

mars 11th, 2011

Odilon Redon, March 23 – June 20, 2011

Paris – Grand Palais National gallery

The exhibition in timeline format revisits the work of one of the geniuses of modern art: Odilon Redon.

From the anguish of the dark period (charcoal, lithographs) to the colourful explosion of the late works, Odilon Redon (1840-1916) had a deep impact on the Symbolist generation, and subsequently the Nabis and the young Fauves, with their bold use of colour. He explored the meanders of thought process, and the esoteric aspect of the human soul, marked by the mechanisms of dream.

The exhibition is organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux, and the Orsay and Fabre Museums, and is staged in collaboration with the Department of Prints and Photography of the French National Library. A chronological look back at the artist’s stylistic development, from blacks to colours, it will be showing 170 outstanding works (paintings, drawings, pastels and charcoal) from major French and international collections (Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands and the UK). It will also be displaying archive documents (photos, letters, magazines, books) illustrating the links between Odilon Redon and the intellectuals of his time.

General Commissioner: Rodolphe Rapetti, General Curator for Heritage, associate researcher at INHA.

Grand Palais: entrance to the exhibition, avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8e.

More informations: http://www.grandpalais.fr

mars 7th, 2011

Miró sculptor

Paris – Maillol Museum from March 16 to July 31, 2011

Maillol Museum pays tribute to the work of Joan Miró sculpture. If the artist is universally recognized, his sculptures have been the subject of an exhibition in Paris for nearly 40 years. The museum brings to 99 the opportunity sculptures, 22 ceramics and 20 works on paper. The provenance of most of them is the exceptional collection of Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation.

His first ceramics with Josep Llorens Artigas performed, date from 1941-1945. Soon after, Miro running his first sculptures in bronze.

In 1964, Joan Miro participates in the creation of the Fondation Maeght, where he finally found a place for which he will create monumental works. The meeting between Joan Miró and Aimé Maeght was essential. For the first time the sculpture by Miró is intentionally associated with the architecture and nature for him endless source of inspiration and it will create specifically for the Foundation Maeght a garden of monumental sculptures and ceramics, dreamlike world people the « Labyrinth », which recalls that Miro is not only a painter but also a sculptor.

In 1974, ten years after the opening of the Fondation Maeght, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Ville de Paris presented a set of sculptures by Joan Miró. Almost 40 years later, the Maillol Museum Miro situates this in mind and pays tribute to this great artist, just as Picasso was a painter and sculptor.

Musée Maillol : 61, rue de Grenelle – 75007 Paris.

More informations: http://www.museemaillol.com

février 25th, 2011

Exhibition Cranach and his time

Paris – Musée du Luxembourg february 9 to may 23, 2011

To mark the European opening of the Musée du Luxembourg’s programme dedicated to the Renaissance, the museum is reopening with an exhibition on Lucas Cranach (circa1472-1553), one of the major artists of the German Renaissance. This prolific, versatile painter whose career spanned the first half of the 16th century, is still somewhat unknown to the public, who have not had an opportunity for some time to discover the breadth of his work. The Musée du Luxembourg’s exhibition, Cranach and his time, provides a better understanding of this artist’s place in the history of art and his involvement in the society of his time, a period marked by major political and religious upheavals.

The exhibition starts by showing the European dimension of Lucas Cranach’s art, which was not only influenced by the works of Dürer, whose engravings were widely disseminated, but also by Flemish and Italian artists. To highlight these influences, the exhibition compares paintings, drawings and engravings by Cranach with the works of other artists. It devotes a significant section to his travels, which were facilitated by his appointment in 1505 as official court painter to Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony, in Wittenberg. In addition to the artistic commissions of his patron, Cranach was entrusted with diplomatic missions that played a crucial role in his rise to prominence.

Musée du Luxembourg, 19 Rue de Vaugirard 75006 Paris

More informations: www.museeduluxembourg.fr