What’s On Now: Paris Expos

Our picks for this season’s not to miss exhibitions.

Mary Cassatt, an American in Paris at the Jacquemart-André Museum, until July 23, 2018

Cassatt lived in France for over 60 years, and was the only American artists to exhibit her work with the Impressionists.   50 major works will allow visitors to rediscover Cassat’s unique contributions to this modern movement.  Her favorite subject was often her own family.  Tender, but modernist reinterpretations of the traditional mother-child theme garnered her international acclaim—so much so that during her lifetime, Cassatt was often hailed as America’s greatest living artist.

 

 

 

Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevitch: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk (1918-1922) at the Centre Pompidou until July 16, 2018

An exhibition exploring the three emblematic figures of the Russian avant-garde, as well as artists associated with the Vitebsk school of art created in 1918 by Chagall. An enlightening opportunity to see three different responses to the political and cultural upheaval of the Russian Revolution.

About Guernica at the Musée Picasso, until July 29, 2018

Picasso’s Guernica is the most celebrated political painting of the modern era.  After its debut at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris— as an anti-fascist protest—it eventually made its way to Madrid in 1981, after Franco’s demise.  The work is permanently displayed there, but this Paris exhibition will focus on related works and studies.  It was also illuminate the political context of 1930s Spain and the future influence of Picasso’s work, as a model for politically committed art.

Watch a video of Paris Muse guide Amanda Herold discussing the exhibition.

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) at the Musée du Louvre, until July 23, 2018

The Louvre is partnering with the Met to present an ambitious overview of Delacroix’s career, with over 180 works by this celebrated 19th-century Romantic.  Louvre visitors know Delacroix from his iconic Liberty Leading the People (1830).  His lush, expressive brush stokes and fascination with the optical play of colour profoundly shaped the future generation of Impressionists.  A must-see for anyone interested in the art of 19th-century France.

 

Rodin and Dance at Musée Rodin, until July 22, 2018

Rodin began his fascination with dance at the World Fairs in Paris. During the Universal Exhibition in 1900, he discovered a troupe of Cambodian dancers, and remarked “they took the beauty of the world with them.”  This exhibition focuses on his representations of dancers (including Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller, and Hanako), revealing how the energy of modern dance influenced his most experimental sculptures, poised between exertion and balance.

 

 

 

Frantisek Kupka at Grand Palais until July 30, 2018

Kupka is one of the founders of abstract art, but is less celebrated than his peers Kandinsky or Mondrian. This exhibition reveals the development of his poetic work, from its origins in Viennese symbolism of the late 19th-century, to his rejection of subject matter. For Kupka, color did not play a descriptive role; it was an instrument of dynamic energy.

The Water Lilies. The American Abstract Art and the last Monet at Musée de l’Orangerie, until August 20, 2018

In 1955, MoMA in New York acquired one of Monet’s late waterlilies, while American Abstract Expressionism was in full swing.   In that context, Monet’s experimental late works seemed to provide a link between the nature-based Impressionist movement and the highly abstract paintings of Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, and other leaders of the New York School.  This exhibition focuses on the 1950s rediscovery of Monet’s waterlilies—vastly under appreciated in their own time—and makes a convincing case for how Monet’s radical ideas made their way across the ocean. Works by American artists  Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Joan Mitchell, Mark Tobey, Sam Francis, and Ellsworth Kelly will be shown alongside the Orangerie’s unmatched collection of late Monet.

Want to have an in-depth look at Monet’s waterlilly cycle?  Book our Monet and More at the Orangerie.