Musée Jean-Jacques Henner: a gem near Parc Monceau

Have you ever heard of the French painter Jean-Jacques Henner? I have to confess I had not until the museum dedicated to his work reopened in May. Located in his beautiful mansion a short walk away from Parc Monceau, it invites us to step back into 19th-century Paris in an intimate way, as if we…

The Louvre – A few tips on how to visit the museum

It’s Bastille Day in France and the entrance to the Louvre is exceptionally free to celebrate. Today also marks the reopening of the Islamic Art gallery after this spring’s floods. The Louvre is the subject of popular posts on my blog: the Napoleon III rooms and the Ancient Egypt mummies still figure among my most-read…

SFMOMA’s American Icons at the Grand Palais

Ce weekend j’ai visité l’exposition Icônes Américaines au Grand Palais. J’y allais plus par simple curiosité – et pour amortir ma Carte Sésame – que par amour de l’art moderne. Moi qui pourrais passer une journée au Musée d’Orsay, j’avoue être peu sensible à ce courant. Impression confirmée à la vue des premiers tableaux –…

Art and luxury: a necessary relationship?

Last week I attended a conference organized by my school on the relationship between luxury and art. The people around the table included Jennifer Flay, director of the FIAC art fair, and Lorenz Bäumer, a Place Vendôme high-jewelry designer who collaborated with Chanel for nearly 20 years. I found the discussion fascinating as it touched…