The Art of Survival: The Transformation of Montmartre

Chloe Govan reveals how the poverty-stricken and persecuted in France’s past found the silver lining in their suffering, transforming it into what would one day become a world-famous art legacy Bang! The hammer crashes down...

Virtual Tourism: France at your Fingertips

For frustrated Francophiles unable to visit France is there any joy to be found in the much-hyped world of virtual travel? Guy Hibbert investigates For the last decade we travellers have been taking advantage of...

‘Edward Hopper in Paris’ at The Phillips Collection

Works from Edward Hopper’s early years in Paris are now on display in Washington Celebrated American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was only 24 years old when he first visited Paris. In 1906 he stayed there...
Henri Matisse, La Blouse roumaine, 1940 at Centre Pompidou

‘Matisse, An Open Book’ at Centre Pompidou in Paris

Marking 151 years since the birth of Henri Matisse, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is paying homage with its flagship exhibition ‘Matisse, comme un roman’ (‘Matisse, like a novel’). More than 230 works and...
Eat a Work of Art

Alexandre Gauthier and Ruinart: Eat a Work of Art

At times art comes in surprising packages Founded in 1729, the luxury champagne house Maison Ruinart has had an affiliation with  art since 1896 when it commissioned Czech artist Alphonse Mucha to create an advertising...

My Life in Paris: The Cat’s Whisker

Theadora considers the early influences on her 'you do you' mood board Startled by an elbow jab, I nearly drop my reporter’s notebook and swag bag. “They wish to take our photo,” the head-to-toe zebra...
Entre Nous, Bohemian Chic in the 1960s and 1970s

Books: Entre Nous, Bohemian Chic in the 1960s and 1970s

As Paris fashion correspondent for prestigious publications such as Vogue, Glamour, Women’s Wear Daily and the Herald Tribune, and stylist for the likes of Helmut Newton and David Bailey, American photographer Mary Russell not...
Pablo Picasso in 'La Californie'

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: Jacqueline Dürrbach’s Translation on Tapestry

If you’re a Picasso fan, seeing his painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is key. The nude prostitutes have angular and disjointed body parts, two have African mask-life features and the painting’s perspective is a flat...
Carrieres Lumières

Light and Magic in France with Carrières de Lumières

What do you do with a giant cavern? That was the question that vexed the Provençal village of Les Baux-de-Provence. For centuries, giant blocks of white limestone had been extracted from a nearby mountain to...
Heavenly Hermès

Book Review: Hermès, Heavenly Days

You won’t be able to resist this elegant collection of Alice Charbin’s whimsical illustrations from her 18-year collaboration with luxury goods icon Hermès. For almost two decades, illustrator Alice Charbin has been inviting people...