Creative Spark: Misia Sert, Pianist and Patron of the Arts

She was an accomplished pianist, but Misia Sert was also an artists’ muse, and a patron of the arts. Hazel Smith recounts her colourful career – and remarkable life... Artists and writers, musicians and dancers...

Essoyes, Summer Home of the Renoirs, Welcomes Visitors

For the people of Essoyes, a village in southern Champagne, the Year of Renoir, which was celebrated last year, capped years of planning, hard work, and determined effort that culminated in the opening of...

La Culture: 3 Ways to Discover Picasso Right Now in France

There is so much still to discover about the fascinating work of this prolific artist. Here, a trio of stand-out exhibitions dedicated to Pablo Picasso at three different venues in France. GUERNICA Following the 80th anniversary...

La Culture: Modern Couples at Centre Pompidou-Metz

What does it mean to be a 'creative couple'? When working in tandem, who should the birth of a masterpiece be attributed to? Dedicated to iconic duos such as Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar...

Cradle of History: Must-Visit National Monuments in Western France

From the world’s largest megalithic site to fairy-tale châteaux and historic dungeons, Marion Sauvebois rounds up this summer’s must-visit National Monuments in western France LES ALIGNEMENTS DE CARNAC Is it a ruined prehistoric temple? An ancient...

JR Artist: Changing the World with the Power of Paper and Glue

A former graffiti artist turned photographer and Oscar-nominated film-maker, JR defies description. Lanie Goodman met the elusive Frenchman behind the mysterious initials Known exclusively by his pseudonym initials, JR may be one of today’s most...

5 Emblematic Religious Buildings in Burgundy

Churches and Abbeys in Burgundy for Beginners Because Burgundy is a places of fantastic religious art it would be a shame to pass through without taking in some of these spectacular sights. No two churches...

La Culture: Delacroix 1798-1863 at the Louvre

If ever there was an image that captured an allegory of a nation, it is Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix. Her energy is striking – marching forward over the bodies of the...

City Focus: Rennes in Brittany

Many a French city has surprised me over the years, most of them in a good way, but Rennes has so far been the only one to make me feel guilty. I hadn’t walked...

The Buzz in Paris: Atelier Des Lumières

Following the success of the extraordinary multimedia shows at Carrières de Lumières in Provence, which attracts more than 600,000 visitors every year in the picturesque village of Les Baux-de-Provence, the exciting concept has arrived...