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Paris Art StudiesMarch - April 2018

 

Paris Special Exhibitions

 

Thursday 8 March 12 noon -1:30 pm: Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris

Visit to the permanent collections with Chris Boïcos.

 

Recently renovated, re-hung and expanded, this is the second great collection of modern art in Paris after the Centre Pompidou. Located in an elegant neo-classical building from the 1937 Paris World’s Fair it is a spacious, luminous museum usually empty of crowds. The collections include masterpieces by Matisse (including the two first “Dances” for the Barnes collection), Derain, Delaunay, Léger, Dufy, Braque, Picasso, Picabia, Fautrier and the post-war School of Paris. A museum to discover or re-discover if you haven’t been recently!

 

Place: Musée de l’art moderne de la ville de Paris. 1 avenue du Président Wilson 75016. Meet in lobby.

Métro: Iéna (line 9).

Time: 11:45 for 12 noon entry. This museum is free.

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Thursday 15 March, 12:30 – 2 pm:  Tintoretto – Birth of a Genius

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg (7 March – 1 July) with Chris Boïcos.

This is the first major exhibition in Paris in a long time of one of the great masters of the Venetian Renaissance, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his birth. Jacopo Comin (1518-1594), nicknamed Tintoretto (little dyer), is often presented as the great rival of Titian, the giant of Venetian art of the 16th century. He invented a more rapid, looser manner of oil painting than Titian’s, emphasizing dramatic shadows and bright highlights, twisting poses and restless movement. The exhibition focuses on his formative years in the first half of the 16th century when he absorbed the Mannerist influences stemming from Roman and Florentine painting. Religious compositions, studies for his superb murals and ceiling paintings, portraits of noble Venetians, drawings and his superb erotic scenes and female nudes are featured in the exhibition with masterpieces from major museum collections from everywhere in Europe.

Place: Outside entrance of Musée du Luxembourg  19 rue de Vaugirard 75006.

Métro : St Sulpice (line 4) or Odéon (lines 4 and 6).

Time: 12:15 for 12:30 pm entry. Please bring 13,50 € for the exhibition ticket and 2€ for the headphones (15,50 € total) in exact change.

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Thursday 22 March, 11:30 am – 1pm:  Mary Cassatt, an American Impressionist in Paris

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André (9 March – 23 July) with Chris Boïcos.

This is a major retrospective devoted to Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) the American Impressionist who lived in France for more than 60 years. Cassatt was the only American painter and one of only four women to have exhibited her work with the Impressionists in Paris. Born into a wealthy Philadelphia family, Mary Cassatt spent a few years in France during her childhood, continuing her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and eventually settled in Paris where she met Edgar Degas who became her early mentor and lifelong friend. Her portraits of her family and friends in Paris offer a fascinating study of Americans abroad in the 19th century, the equivalent in many ways of Henry James’ contemporary portrayals in fiction. The exhibition brings together 50 major works, oils, pastels, drawings, and prints, seldom shown in France from prestigious American collections including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation in Chicago.

Place: Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 boulevard Haussmann 75008. Meet outside main entrance.

Métro: Miromesnil (lines 9, 13).

Time: Meet 11:15 for 11:30 am entry. Please bring 13 € in for exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (15 €  total) in exact change.

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Thursday 29 March, 10:15 am – 11:45 am:  Foujita: Les années folles 1913-1931

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Maillol (7 March – 15 July) with Chris Boïcos

The Japanese artist, Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), was one of the central figures of the Montparnasse art scene in Paris in the “Roaring Twenties”, as famous for his paintings – a delicate mix of a Japanese graphic style and Paris Modernism – as for his Bohemian personality, fast cars, his beautiful girlfriends – Kiki de Montparnasse and Youki – and wild parties. He was part of that particular group of Montparnos - Modigliani, Zadkine, Soutine, Indenbaum, Kisling and Pascin – that were labeled the  “School of Paris” of the 1920’s. More than a 100 works, from public and private collections, including two monumental diptychs, Combats I et II and Compositions au Lion et au Chien (1928), represent Foujita’s Montparnasse period (1913-1931). They illustrate the recurrent themes in his art - women, cats, still lifes, children, and self-portraits – and commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death in the city he made his own: a marvelous evocation of Paris of the années folles.

Place: Meet at group entrance of Musée Maillol - 61, rue de Grenelle 75007 (Metro Rue du Bac, line12)

Métro: (Rue du Bac, line 12)

Time: 10 for 10:15 am entry. Please bring 13 € for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (total of 15 €).

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Thursday 5 April 11:30 am – 1 pm: Frantisek Kupka – Pioneer of Abstraction

Visit to the exhibition at the Grand Palais (21 March – 30 July) with Chris Boïcos.

 

This is the first retrospective of the work of the most celebrated Czech artist of the 20th century since the 1989 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. It covers the artist’s entire career, from his early works inspired by Symbolism to his final paintings in the 1950s. Born in Bohemia, in what was still the Austro-Hungarian Empire, František Kupka (1871-1957) studied first in Vienna before settling in Paris in 1894 where he worked as an Art Nouveau-style illustrator. By 1911 he was part of the famous “Puteaux Group” of Cubist painters – Gleizes, Metzinger, le Fauconier, Léger, Laurencin. His experiments with luminous color and abstract form also linked him very strongly with “Orphism” the colorful and joyous Cubism of Robert and Sonia Delaunay. Most of his famous paintings are present in the current exhibition organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Centre Pompidou, the Národní Galery, Prague, and the Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki. This is a wonderful opportunity to assess the work of one of the first pioneers of Abstraction and one of the great colorists of the 20th century.

 

Place: Group and cardholders entrance outside exhibition at the Grand Palais.

Métro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 am entry. Please bring 13 € for the exhibition ticket and 3 € for the earphones (16 € total) in exact change.

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Thursday 12 April 10:30 am – 12 noon: Chagall, Malevich, El Lissitzky, the Russian Avant Garde in Vitebsk (1918-1922)

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (28 March – 16 July) with Chris Boïcos.

Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and  Kasimir Malevich are the three most emblematic figures of the art of the Russian Revolution. Chagall was caught in 1914 in his hometown Vitebsk in Byelorussia, by the outbreak of WWI on a visit to his family and was unable to get back to Paris. Named “commissar of the arts” in Vitebsk by the new Revolutionary authorities in 1918 he taught at the local school until 1920. The exhibition features, for the first time in France, work by his little-known students in Russia including Vera Ermolaeva, Nicolaï Souietin, Ilia Tchachnik, Lazar Khidekel and David Yakerson. The Constructivist artist El Lissitzky who ran the graphic and architectural studios at the Vitebsk school persuaded Chagall to invite the celebrated Petrograd master of “Suprematism” and abstract pioneer, Kasimir Malevich to also teach there. Malevich’s charismatic personality soon took over the school leading the enthusiastic students to produce revolutionary work in the “Onouvis” (“New Art”) style – banners, posters, pamphlets and food stamps for the masses to Chagall’s increasing consternation. Chagall eventually left for Moscow to work for the new Jewish Theater there and finally managed to escape the Soviet Union and return to Paris via Berlin in 1921. The experimental art of the Vitebsk school sadly declined after 1922 with the end of the Russian Civil War and the repressive policies of the new regime. This unprecedented show features rarely seen Suprematist, Constructivist, and revolutionary work from this brief but exciting era, including of course Chagall’s most beautiful works of the late Russian period.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am. _______________________________________________________________________________

 

Course Fee: 120€ for 6 sessions, 110€ for 5 sessions or 27 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

or by calling Chris Boïcos on +33 (0) 686 58 98 09 and by sending a check made out to “Chris Boïcos” to Chris Boïcos, 14 boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. Museum fees are additional to course fees.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

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The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 8: Paris under Napoleon I and the Restoration of the Bourbons 1804 - 1830

 

Napoleon Bonaparte coming to power first as consul (1800) then as Emperor (1804) envisioned Paris as the capital of his new European Empire – a new Rome.  The monumental and military Neoclassicism favored by the Emperor and his architects (Percier and Fontaine) is visible in the Rue de Rivoli, the Arc du Caroussel, the Arc de Triomphe, the Vendôme Column, the New Louvre or the Madeleine church.  The painters and sculptors (David, Ingres, Gros, Gérard, Canova) glorified the Emperor and his family in official portraits and vast historical paintings like the Coronation of Napoleon. Napoleon began a process of street and monument building and modernization of Paris that will become the model for the later 19th century, notably for his nephew Napoleon III. Napoleon’s fall from power, first in 1814 and then after the battle of Waterloo in 1815, brought back to France the exiled Bourbon dynasty, opening up the period of the “Restoration”. The surviving younger brothers of the executed King Louis XVI, Louis XVIII and Charles X, reigned in turn, until their regime was brought to an end by yet another “glorious” revolution, that of July 1830. Neoclassicism remained the dominant mode in architecture and the decorative arts under the Restoration, but in painting the “Troubadour” style and most notably the new artists Géricault and Delacroix rebelled against the tyranny of Classicism ushering in, a passionate, anti-Bourbon, artistic current labeled “Romanticism”.

Course Schedule:  Wednesdays 10:30 am – 12:00 noon, with two exceptional sessions: 2 – 3:30pm

Coffee and tea served at home sessions between 10:00 and 10:30am.

 

Wednesday 7 March. 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Slide lecture – Paris during the First Empire 1

Wednesday 14 March. 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Visit to the Musée du Louvre – Painting and the decorative arts under Napoleon.

Wednesday 21 March. 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Slide lecture – Paris during the First Empire 2

Wednesday 28 March. 2 pm – 3:30 pm – Visit to Malmaison – Josephine’s private country château

Wednesday 4 April. 2 pm – 3:30 pm – Slide lecture – Paris under the Restoration of the Bourbons

Wednesday 11 April. 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Visit to the Chapelle Expiatoire and the Madeleine – Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette’s burial tombs and the greatest Neoclassical church in Paris.

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Course Fee: 120€ for 6 sessions, 110€ for 5 sessions or 27 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

or by calling Chris Boïcos on +33 (0) 686 58 98 09 and by sending a check made out to “Chris Boïcos” to

Chris Boïcos, 14 boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. Museum fees are additional to course fees.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

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