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Auction Houses: The Year at a Glance
The Paris market is said to be more immune to fluctuations than those of New York and London. This year, the Hôtel Drouot mirrored it, calmly staying…
Mary Cassatt the Franco-American
Mary Cassatt was not only a great artist, but also played a crucial role in the Franco-American dialogue and the promotion of French art across the…
Do French Artists Export Well?
In December 2015, an article published in Apollo asked a daring question: "Why are there no Young French artists?" This much-respected English-language…
We revisited the terroirs and figures of France with painters in love with their region or their inhabitants such as Martin, du Puigaudeau or Villon.…
Sculpture in the Age of Cathedrals
Treasures from the Pierre and Claude Vérité collection were sold in Alençon, including a majestic Romanesque Virgin by the Auvergne school.
The French Expressionist
A masterpiece by Gen Paul is eagerly awaited at Saint-Brieuc: a 1928 painting from the finest Expressionist period of this gifted but little-known…
A Perfect Pair and 18th-century French Craftsmanship
The 18 th century made a triumphant return to Drouot with a beautiful suite of furnishings from major French collections, for a conclusive result flirting…
Gaston Diehl: A True Champion of Post-war Art
An advocate of contemporary painting and sculpture in the post-war years, the art critic and historian is now the hero of auctions. Thirty works from…
Bold Volumes by Sanyu
Sanyu's modernity: a question of angle…
Étienne Dinet's Very Promising Outlook
A group of little girls by Étienne Dinet greatly appealed to fans of this brilliant Orientalist painter.
That's All, Folklore! At the Centre Pompidou-Metz
As the planet and the debates on cultural appropriation heat up, the Centre Pompidou-Metz celebrates the eternal return to favour of folk arts and…
Artists' Visions: Picasso and Montézin
Picasso and Montézin reveal two facets of art at the turn of the 20 th century
A Record for Marie Guillemine Benoist’s Psyche
In Bordeaux, the woman who painted Les Adieux de Psyché à sa famille ( Psyche Bidding Farewell to Her Family ) enjoys well-deserved success.
Anne Gruner: The Quiet Philanthropist
Creator of the Fondation des Treilles, Anne Gruner Schlumberger devoted her life to artists and built up a collection of works by Dubuffet, Arp, Ernst,…
Michael Likierman: A Knight in Shining Armour for Alpes-Maritimes Heritage
The British consider that anyone who succeeds ought to "give something back" to society, in terms of time or money. A principle applied to the letter…
Cyrille Sciama: A Ground-breaking Curator
Since his appointment as head of the Musée des Impressionnismes, he has breathed new life into the Giverny museum. And the health crisis has in no…
Venini and Roger Capron: 1950s Design
In Marseille, the spotlight was on 20th-century decorative arts and their sometimes unusual forms, in a summer sale with dazzling French and Italian…
Tunisia, Orientalism and Beyond
Alexandre Roubtzoff and Étienne Dinet were the two champions of this sale dedicated to Orientalism and Asian art.
The French Art Scene Has Lost a Staunch Defender, Pierre Nahon
César and Arman’s dealer died on 10 September aged 84. Faced with the American juggernaut, he defended the French scene.
Gabrielle Chanel and Philip Guston: The Museums Are on the Horns of a Dilemma
Two countries, two cultures, a world of difference: The coincidence between the Philip Guston retrospective’s postponement and the naming of the new…
The fragile, exquisite glass collection of Barbara Wirth
By responding with nearly €1 million in sales, the market decidedly honored the choices of Barbara Wirth: the gardener with a passion for antique glass.…
King Philip the Fair in Gold
There was no devaluation for this florin d’or à la reine , which, on the contrary, broke a world record.
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France pioneered this highly desirable specialty, which is increasingly popular with collectors.
Eugène Lami: The First Modern Interior Designer
Magnificently restored, the Duc d'Aumale's apartment in Chantilly, decorated by Eugène Lami, reminds us that the eclecticism of the Second Empire was…
Preemptions for the Dreyfus and Zola Trials
Most of Feuillet's drawings of these key moments in contemporary French history will go to a major Parisian museum.
Père Lachaise: Birthplace of the Modern Resting Place
Père Lachaise Cemetery welcomes 3.5 million visitors each year to wander the graves of past and present celebrities. Few are aware of the revolution…
Marcel Sztejnberg: A Collection that Reads like an Encyclopedia of French Silverwork
This collection devotedly assembled over many years has a wealth of assets in terms of the range of pieces and jurisdictions, the legibility and identification…
Turpin de Crissé’s Dream of Antiquity
This pictorial testament by the neoclassical painter takes us on a wonderful journey back in time. The sweeping panorama attests to his virtuosity…
Chantal Thomass: Beyond the Bustier, the Fashion!
The sale of the French designer's archives at Drouot traces the journey—more complex than it looks at first sight—of a woman whose fame went beyond…
Silverwork Sets the Table
Marcel Sztejnberg’s silverware collection received just recognition for a noble, beautiful passion, as well as a preemption.
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Composer Pascal Dusapin Loves Old Books and Modern Art
The world-renowned French contemporary composer has created a permanent sound installation for the Pantheon, inaugurated at the end of 2020 alongside…
Art Market Overview: The Internet and Auction Houses
On February 7, the Conseil des Ventes, France’s public auction watchdog, released the findings of a survey on French auction houses’ online bidding…
Père Lachaise: An Unlikely Source of the “Manif”
Across its history, Père Lachaise has reverberated with political rallies. Intended for the humble residents of western Paris, the cemetery soon became…
The Hidden Treasures of the Banque de France
The vagaries of history enabled the bank to build up a remarkable collection of art works, presented in the reception rooms of the Hôtel de Toulouse…
The Louvre: Intrigue at Court
The reappointment of Jean-Luc Martinez as head of the Louvre was dictated by a certain logic. With a determined spirit that gained him not a few enemies,…
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King François I: The Embodiment of the French Renaissance
Posterity has been kind to the king who embodied the French Renaissance, making him a legend.
Fragonard's New Philosopher
A painting by the great Jean-Honoré Fragonard was discovered by Mr. Petit, in Épernay, and the Cabinet Turquin. This Philosopher has not been seen…
At Home with Fabienne Verdier
A few days before her first exhibition in London, the artist welcomes us into her den. A place of light and shadow, sheltered from the tumult of the…
B for Berain
Trained as an engraver, Jean Berain explored the freedom of an art form that led him to the elegant work we know. His flexible line quickly influenced…
Art Market Overview: The Consecration of Claire Tabouret
Claire Tabouret (b.1981) has just become the art market’s highest-priced living French artist and been ranked the ninth-highest valued French artist…
French Painter Gabriel Ferrier’s Invincible Hope
This cryptic work by Gabriel Ferrier (1847-1914) opened a breach in traditional academicism.
Josephine Bonaparte’s Gardens at Malmaison
Josephine and Napoleon I reigned as a power-couple, keenly attuned to the importance of image building to stake their claims to sovereignty. Both descendants…
A Rare Early 17th-Century Guitar: A Masterpiece of Marquetry
This guitar, one of the few to survive from the early 17 th century, is attributed to Jacob Stadler, a German stringed instrument maker who worked…
The Sismann Gallery Spotlights the Renaissance in Paris
Around 30 works attributed to some of the 16 th century’s most illustrious artists immerse us in the Renaissance, from Normandy to Sicily, France’s…
Supports/Surfaces: Painting Above All
In 1970, when the contemporary art scene was obsessed with the “death of painting”, a dozen of young artists declared their love for the venerable…
Visualizing Empire Shines Light on the Visual Culture of French Colonialism
A new edited volume from Getty Publications examines a unique archive of visual material and ephemera related to the French colonial project.
The Auction Market's Phoney Crisis
Despite the pandemic, the auction market has not collapsed, and the first quarter of 2021 even broke records: a euphoria now confirmed by the traditional…
Daniel Dezeuze: Eternally Questioning Painting
In his studio in Sète the 79-year-old French artist, a founding member of the Supports/Surfaces group, looks back on his complex career and a philosophy…
Discover the Treasures of the National Ceramics Museum at Sèvres
Located just outside Paris, the Sèvres Museum is a treasure trove of ceramic arts from across the world. Its current special exhibition celebrates…
Dorville Sale: French Government Rejects Restitution
Contrary to the beliefs of several media outlets, the French government has rejected the principle of restituting works coming from the wartime sales…
The Heart of French Cabinetmaking During the Ancien Régime with Boulle and Roussel
Among the furniture in René Simeoni's collection, three top names in French furniture stand out: André-Charles Boulle, Bernard II Van Riesenburgh (B.V.B.R.)…
The Château de Trévarez: A Magnificent Soul
In the heart of Finistère, in Brittany, the Château de Trévarez is a fine reminder of the Belle Époque, though one scarred by World War II. Built by…
Jean Royère’s Nesting Tables
Pieces by this leading designer of the 1930s to 1950s are as popular as ever.
The Bernard De Leye Collection: The Quest for the Exceptional
“Objects do not belong to you,” says Bernard De Leye. “They are just passing through.” The time has come for the Belgian antique dealer and former…
Sèvres Porcelain: An Illustrious History and Vibrant Present
Founded in 1740, the Sèvres Manufacture is the custodian of a priceless intangible heritage—centuries of French know-how in the ceramic arts, passed…
French Record for a Lost Fragonard Masterpiece
In a remarkable state of conservation and in its original frame, Un Philosophe lisant ( A Philosopher Reading ) set a French record for the master…
Market: France Salvages Something from 2020
France has done fairly well despite the global decline in public sales. In its assessment, the Conseil des Ventes (French Sales Council) focuses on…
Under the Floral Spell: Art, Architecture and Roses at Bagatelle
Every year the gardens of Bagatelle, in Paris, attract rose gardeners from around the world to judge the beauty of the queen of flowers. The roses…
Anne-Sophie Leclerc: A Focus on Prehistory
Anne-Sophie Leclerc leads an institution where she has worked since 1982. The director of the Musée de Nemours, an hour from Paris, is getting ready…
Restitution: Amsterdam’s Example
In the Netherlands, the restitution by the Stedelijk Museum of a Kandinsky landscape signals a reversal of policy towards the victims of the Nazi regime.…
A Table Commemorating the Liberation of France by the Allied Forces
Mystery shrouds this unique, previously unknown table made in 1947 to honor the Allied landings in Normandy and the liberation of France.
The Art of Fin-de-Siècle Jewelry
In Lyon, two imposing necklaces conjured up the balls and evening festivities of the 1880s. They were accompanied by a flowery group typical of the…
Brézé: Two Châteaux in One in the Heart of Anjou
A mysterious network of thousand-year-old troglodyte tunnels lies beneath a Renaissance château in the heart of Anjou.
Vintage French and British Motorcycles Surge Ahead
Among the competitors lined up on the starting line at this event in Chartres, two-wheelers "made in France" vied with a legendary British bike.
Monique Frydman: A Pictorial Chronicle of a Moment When Time Stopped
Known for her numerous abstract paintings, this dedicated artist, a key figure in the 1980s French abstraction revival, produced a series of monotypes…
Eugène Dodeigne: The Apostle of Pure Form
The Walking Man recently left La Piscine, a museum in Roubaix, where it opened the retrospective on Eugène Dodeigne. Here the sculptor from the Nord region…
Camille Bryen, the Forgotten Glory of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
A prominent figure of the post-war Parisian art world, Camille Bryen remains understudied and underestimated today. Regularly appearing at auctions,…
The Villa Noailles: A Modernist Camelot
Like many a high-society marriage in those faraway days, the union contracted in 1923 between Charles de Noailles and Marie-Laure Bischoffsheim, had…
The French Empire Is Still Celebrated
Collectors and institutions cannot resist Sèvres porcelain, Nitot silverware and paintings from Baron Gérard’s studio.
Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts: Beauty and Provenance
Art Basel Dives into Anti-Money Laundering Regulations
A Youthful Delacroix
The Lacquered Felines of Jean Dunand, Master of Art Deco
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