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...

Rencontres d’Arles: Top Five Photography Exhibits

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

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...
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...
Lyon Fabric Museum

Lyon’s World-Class Fabric Museum

France’s third largest city is known as the gastronomic capital of France. But Lyon is also home to rich cultural heritage preserved in its excellent museums. Le Musée des Tissus (The Fabric Museum) is...

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...
Marilyn Monroe, 1956 by Cecil Beaton

5 Must-See Exhibitions in France this Winter

There is so much to see this winter, in Paris and in the provinces. On y va? Hodler Monet Munch The Marmottan-Monet museum presents these three painters as a journey through the three pivotal movements of European modernity: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism. Until...

Champagne Country Fetes “the Year of Renoir”: Visit the Artist’s Home in Essoyes

He was born in Limoges, spent most of his life in Paris, and died in Cagnes-sur-Mer, in Provence: but in the latter part of his life Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent long, happy periods of time...