The Taj Mahal of France

A stunning monument built for love.

Molitor’s New Lease of Life

The glamorous heyday, sad demise, and amazing rebirth of Paris's beloved Deco swimming pool.

Reviewed: Gods and Heroes, the Catalogue from Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts

This glossy catalogue of paintings, drawings and sculptures from Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts examines its fundamental influence upon Western art during the late 17th, 18th and 19th century. It provides a comprehensive overview of...

Museum Watch: The New Musée Soulages in Rodez

He remembers being asked, as a teenager, why he was painting using just black. He wanted to depict snow, he said, and the black made the negative space on the white paper look whiter....

Mapplethorpe-Rodin at the Musée Rodin, Paris

What does the 20th-century, gay, New York City-based photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe, have in common with Auguste Rodin, the 19th-century French sculptor and Lothario? Not much, on the surface. Except that when you visit this...

Vivid Memories: 30 Years of the Fondation Cartier

The contemporary art museum is celebrating its third decade with a fabulous show.

Paris Buzz: The Louvre’s Renovated Decorative Arts Galleries

This month the Louvre reopened the 33 Decorative Arts galleries after a $35 million renovation that lasted nine years. A stroll through the 23,000 square foot space is an immersion in opulence with period...

WWI Centenary: Visit the Musée de la Grande Guerre

A perfect day trip from Paris, the Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux in the Marne offers not just a comprehensive historical overview of the complex enormity of World War 1,...

Art in Paris: From Watteau to Fragonard, les Fêtes Galantes

Critics didn’t quite know how to label the style when 18th-century French painter Antoine Watteau picked up the tradition of idealised pastoral scenes, where Flemish and Venetian painters had left off the previous century....

Not to Miss in Normandy: Palais Bénédictine in Fécamp

It’s a big year in Normandy, as the region commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (See our comprehensive guide for events and festivities taking place in 2014.) If you’re planning a jaunt...