Maeght: A Family Affair

With the arrival of a new director last summer, a fresh breeze is blowing through the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

A History of the Breton Stripe

Fresh, nautical and undeniably chic, la marinière worn by the sailors in the French Navy is the shirt we call the Breton stripe. For over 150 years these stripes have been seen on board the ships of the Marine Nationale...
Monet’s Clos Normand in Giverny

Claude Monet & Gustave Caillebotte: Painters, Gardeners and Best of Friends

“If he had lived instead of dying prematurely, he would have enjoyed the same upturn in fortunes as we did, for he was full of talent. He was as gifted as he was conscientious and when we lost...

Rencontres d’Arles: Top Five Photography Exhibits

A dispatch from the famous summer photography festival, held annually in Provence.

The Ninth Art?

For an understanding of Charles de Gaulle’s middle way during the Cold War, Astérix might seem an unlikely place to start. After all, Astérix is set in Roman-occupied Gaul, 2,000 years before the general’s...

The Flowering Calendar of Claude Monet’s Garden

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet Can’t make it to Giverny until the autumn? Don’t put off your visit - Claude Monet’s pink stucco house and his fabulous gardens should not...

Zuber: Wallpaper as Art

The history and artistry behind the company's luxury hand-made wall coverings.
Paul Klee’s Insula Dulcamara

Paul Klee, Irony at Work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

This exhibition is one of the highlights of the art calendar at the Pompidou. A Swiss-German painter, Paul Klee was also a printmaker and draughtsman, originally associated with the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), and subsequently...

The Murals of Lyon

While painting on walls is as old as time, Lyon has taken the art of the modern mural to new heights.
Bernard Buffet, book

Book Reviews: Bernard Buffet, The Invention of the Modern Mega-artist

Bernard Buffet is one of the behemoths of French art who you’ve possibly never heard of. Once rich and flashy yet reviled, he’s on the ‘Fabulous Five’ list of France’s mid-20th century movers and shakers – alongside Bardot, Vadim, Sagan and Saint-Laurent – but died...