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Paris Art StudiesNovember - December 2017

 

Paris Special Exhibitions

 

Thursday 16 November, 9  – 10:45 am:  François Premier and the Art of the Netherlands

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée du Louvre (until 15 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

François I’s taste for Italian art is well known; his patronage is essentially identified with the creation of an Italian school at Fontainebleau, but his reign was equally marked by a vigorous tradition of Dutch artists settling in France.

The best-known Northern artists active in France during his reign—Jean Clouet and Corneille de La Haye known as Corneille de Lyon—were portrait specialists. The exhibition offers an exceptional presentation of the painted oeuvre of Jean Clouet (only around twenty panels are confirmed to be by the artist), as well as a few rare preparatory drawings, sketched from life.
As well as Paris, the Norman, Picard, Champagne, and Burgundian centers were swept by a wave of Northern influences—from Antwerp, Brussels, Leiden, Haarlem—in the art of manuscript illumination and religious painting. Recent research has gradually revealed painters unjustly consigned to oblivion: Godefroy le Batave, Noel Bellemare, Grégoire Guérard, and Bartholomeus Pons are only some of the artists who excelled in media as diverse as illumination, painting, stained glass, tapestry, and sculpture. The king made extensive purchases of tapestries, gold and silver objets d’art, and Flemish paintings. A whole segment of the French Renaissance is now resurfacing; and this exhibition sets out to reveal its many and varied facets, its extravagance, and its monumental character.

 

Place: Passage Richelieu in front of group entrance. Enter through great arch on rue de Rivoli opposite the exit of Métro Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre.

Métro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1, 7).

Time: 8:45 for 9am entry.

Fee: Exceptional fee of 45€ (including exhibition ticket) or 32€ (for cardholders).

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Thursday 23 November, 10:30  – 12 noon:  André Derain, the Radical Decade – 1904-1914

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (4 Oct. - 29 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Founder along with Henri Matisse and Maurice de Vlaminck of Fauvism, the first great movement of modern art in Paris at the opening of the 20th century, Derain has not had a major exhibition in France since 1994.

This exceptional exhibition brings together all of the famous paintings painted in the company of Matisse in Collioure in the summer of 1905 and the famous views of London painted for the art dealer Vollard in 1906. Seventy canvases and numerous watercolors, sculptures, ceramics and prints follow the artist’s evolution from his early Fauve phase to the Cézannian and Cubist experimentations of 1908-14 and also his close relationships with fellow modern pioneers Matisse, Picasso and Braque.

 

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.

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Thursday 30 November, 12:45  – 2:15 pm:  Rubens, Portraits of Princes

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg (4 Oct. - 14 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

In 1621 the widow of King Henri IV, Marie de Medici invited the art star of her day, the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens to paint the great cycle of paintings celebrating her life for her new Luxembourg palace.

Set next door to the palace, the current exhibition illustrates this famous relationship with numerous portraits of the Queen and her family - King Louis XIII, Queen Anne of Austria - as well as the kings, queens and princes of Europe related to the Bourbons and the Medici: the Hapsburgs, Stuarts and Gonzagas.

This is a unique gathering of grand portraits of the Baroque era featuring also paintings by Rubens’ famous contemporaries, Pourbus, Champaigne, Velázquez and Van Dyck.

 

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

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

Time: 12:30 for 12:45 pm entry. Please bring 15 € in for exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (17 €  total) in exact change.

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Wednesday 6 December, 11:40  – 1:15 pm:  Dior, Dream Couturier

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée des art décoratifs (until 7 Jan.) with Dimitri Papalexis.*

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior. Our fashion specialist, Dimitri Papalexis, will take us through this lavish exhibition tracing the history of the House of Dior’s through its founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. On show are over 300 haute couture gowns designed between 1947 and the present day, but also atelier toiles, photographs, illustrations, sketches and fashion accessories - hats, jewelry, bags, shoes and perfume bottles. Christian Dior’s love of art and museums is also represented by a selection of paintings, furniture and objets d’art which inspired him and beautifully compliment the fashion displays.

Place: Musée des Art Décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli 75001. Meet in lobby.

Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7).

Time: 11:20 for 11:40 am entry. Please bring 11 € for exhibition ticket in exact change.

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Thursday 7 December, 10:30  – 12 noon: Gauguin, Artist as Alchemist

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Grand Palais (4 Oct. - 29 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

This new presentation of the work of the great Post-Impressionist French artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) curated by Gloria Groom of the Art Insitute of Chicago focuses on the extraordinary range of his work and its uniquely experimental nature. The artist’s famous paintings are shown along a great many of his wooden and ceramic sculptures, prints, utilitarian objects and highly original « primitive » decorations. Gauguin became an artist after traveling the world as a merchant marine and working as a stockbroker’s assistant. His unconventional artistic path made him uniquely open to exploring a wide range of materials, including wood, wax, and ceramics. He spent the first six years of his life in Peru and, as an adult, lived in Paris, Brittany, Martinique, Tahiti, and the Marquesas Islands. In every place, he absorbed - and reinvented -the local artistic and cultural traditions. Gauguin not only worked as a painter, sculptor, ceramist, printmaker, and decorator—he also invented new processes in many of these areas. Sometimes he was responding to the physical or financial limitations of a place; other times it was his desire to do what no one had done before.

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.

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Tuesday 12 December, 9:30  – 11 am:  Rubens, Portraits of Princes

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg (4 Oct. - 14 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

In 1621 the widow of King Henri IV, Marie de Medici invited the art star of her day, the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens to paint the great cycle of paintings celebrating her life for her new Luxembourg palace.

Set next door to the palace, the current exhibition illustrates this famous relationship with numerous portraits of the Queen and her family - King Louis XIII, Queen Anne of Austria - as well as the kings, queens and princes of Europe related to the Bourbons and the Medici: the Hapsburgs, Stuarts and Gonzagas.

This is a unique gathering of grand portraits of the Baroque era featuring also paintings by Rubens’ famous contemporaries, Pourbus, Champaigne, Velázquez and Van Dyck.

 

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

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

Time: 9:15 for 9:30 am entry. Please bring 15 € in for exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (17 €  total) in exact change.

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Course Fee: 88 € for 4 sessions (excepting François I exhibition) 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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Coming up in January - February 2018:

 

Thursday 18 January:  Irving Penn

Visit to the exhibition at the Grand Palais (until 29 Jan.) or slide lecture with Chris Boïcos.

(time to be announced)

 

Thursday 25 January, 10:30  – 12 noon:  Erotic Picasso

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée Picasso (until 6 Feb.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Thursday 1 February:  Dada and African Art

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie (until 18 Feb.) with Chris Boïcos.

(time to be announced)

 

Thursday 8 February, 10:30  – 12 noon: Being Modern: MoMA in Paris.

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Fondation Vuitton (until 5 March) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Thursday 15 February: Dutch Artists in Paris 1789-1914 (van Gogh, Van Dongen, Mondrian)

Visit to the exhibition at the Petit Palais (6 Feb. – 13 May) with Chris Boïcos.

(time to be announced)

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The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 6: Paris under Louis XVI

 

The return of the classical style, called Neo-Classicism, begins in architecture under Louis XV (1755), followed by decoration (1765) and finally painting under Louis XVI (1780).  A certain nostalgia for the glories of the Grand Siècle but also the influence of the philosophers and critics preaching a return to virtue and utility favour at first a royal Neo-Classicism (style Gabriel), followed by an increasingly austere and grave Neo-Classicism, inspired directly from Greco-Roman antiquity in the later years of the reign of Louis XV and under Louis XVI (Soufflot, Gondoin, Chalgrin). Neoclassicism further evolves in a severe, even eccentric way in the years just before the Revolution in the architecture of the new Paris city gates (Ledoux).

In gardening, however, the new English mode of the Romantic garden displaces the severe symmetries of the French classical garden as witnessed in the landscaping initiated by Queen Marie-Antoinette in her domain, the Petit Trianon in Versailles, for which she will also build a charmingly rustic artificial village, the hameau de la Reine.

In art Jacques-Louis David will re-introduce into art classical subjects inspired by Roman history in a severe but tense style, thus prefiguring the almost romantic exaltation and feverish atmosphere of the revolutionary period. Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, on the other hand, invents a tender maternal style for aristocratic portraiture that perfectly suits the tastes of upper-class ladies and her greatest patron, Queen Marie Antoinette.

 

Course Schedule:  Fridays 10:30 am – 12:00 noon.

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

 

Friday 24 Nov. – Slide lecture – Paris and Versailles under Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Friday 1   Dec. – Visit to the Musée du Louvre – David, Vigée-Lebrun and the decorative arts under Louis XVI. Meet by auditorium entrance under Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15.

Friday 8   Dec. – City walk – Neoclassical architecture on the Left Bank – From the Pantheon to the Ecole de Chirurgie. Meet on the steps of the Pantheon at 10:20 .

 

Course Fee: 66€ for 3 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.

 

*Dimitri Papalexis studied in the finest fashion school in Greece the PAN-SIK School in Athens in 1986-87 and at the Maragoni School in Milan (1988). He also studied embroidery at the greatest French embroidery school, Lesage in 1998.
 He has taught pattern making, draping and embroidery at the PAN-SIK School in Athens and has been creating dresses for Fashion houses, television programs in Greece and an international private clientele in Paris, Monaco and the U.S.A. since 1987. He has worked among others for Mariana Hardwick (Australia), Christophe Rouxel (Paris), Leonard and Osimar Versolato (Paris), Paul KA (Paris) Jean-Louis Scherrer (Paris), Irène Van Ryb (Paris),123 Créateur (Paris), Eva Kayan (Marseille) and Un Jour Ailleurs (Paris).His range of creation includes haute-couture embroideries, suits, cocktail and wedding dresses. He has lectured on the history of fashion for the University of California in Paris and at the Art Institute of Chicago and regularly for Paris Art Studies since 2010.

 

Paris Art Studies at the home of Chris Boïcos

14, boulevard Saint-Martin. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis,  or République exit 6: boulevard Saint-Martin (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps)

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