Having missed the exhibition “Caillebotte, peintre et jardinier” in Giverny and later become aware of its move to Madrid’s Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, I did not think twice to go on a long weekend with visit of 2 major museums, the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza, which I had visited several times but in the 1990s, on top of the exhibition.
A round trip by TGV & AVE, with the surprise to travel with the same 3 pleasant companions both times, between Paris and Barcelona, and to learn that Mr. Bouju senior could have been one of my literature teacher at the lycée Henri IV, exchanging numerous memories, and showing them the caricatures drawn by my friend Jean-Claude Terrasse there.
Excellent surprise! I had not planned to visit these 2 exhibitions, but took advantage of the cultural life of these 2 towns I travelled to: a splendid van Gogh in Arles,and a very small but interesting Schiele exhibition in Tulln an der Donau.
During the summer of 2016, the Halle Saint Pierre in Montmartre hosted the exhibition L’Esprit Singulier, with works from the collection of Auberive Abbey. If certain artists present in the collection were missing in Paris – like the great Egyptian born painter Ibrahim Shahda or the Spaniard Antonio Saura – visitors could see several major contemporary artists and some good surprises.
The Petit Palais has organized a retrospective of the painter, entitled George Desvallières – La peinture corps et âme.
George Desvallières had a privileged relationship with Gustave Moreau, one of the major figure in Symbolist painting, steeped in mysticism, but also a renowned professor, whose students include Matisse, Marquet, Georges Rouault, Louis Valtat, Henri Manguin and Charles Camoin…
The Lazaret Ollandini is a unique and major cultural center in Corsica: it hosts various activities, like concerts of all genres, lectures, art exhibitions and a permanent collection of sculptures by Marc Petit.
This summer temporary exhibition is dedicated to Ibrahim Shahda, and offers a rich panorama of his work in very pleasant surroundings.
When visiting the exhibition and the permanent collection, one can quickly make a connection between Marc Petit’s sculptures and Shahda’s portraits and self-portraits and tag them – if one likes to give tags – as expressionists. Not surprising if you think that the last important exhibition of Shahda in Paris took place in the Galerie Polad-Hardouin, which is one of the foremost expressionist gallery in the capital city.
The Luxembourg Museum is hosting a superb exhibition of impressionists and post-impressionists painters (mainly fauves, some Nabis too), that were part of the very active circle which existed in Le Havre.
So it is no surprise to find a large selection of paintings which belong to the MuMa in Le Havre – which hosts a fantastic collection of Eugène Boudin paintings.
The surprise is elsewhere, in the presence of several excellent painters – who would deserve a personal exhibition – next to some of the most famous artists of the time.