Exhibition Modigliani, Soutine and the legend of Montparnasse, Pinacothèque

The exhibition focuses on the paintings that Jonas Netter, an inspired art collector, acquired from art dealer Léopold Zborowski. He was one of the first to buy paintings by Amedeo Modigliani (with Paul Alexandre) – acquiring some 40 paintings in about 15 years – and Chaim Soutine before the famous Barnes episode.

But his collection – and the exhibition – goes well beyond these 2 masters and includes works by Maurice de VlaminckAndré Derain, and artists who made up the Paris School: Maurice Utrillo (there are also paintings by his mother Suzanne Valadon),  Moise Kisling, Pinchus Krémègne, Michel Kikoine, and less famous artists. Continue reading

Exhibition Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s ultimate masterpiece, Le Louvre

If you ask anyone about “Leonardo” and “Le Louvre”, the answer will invariably be “La Joconde (Mona Lisa)”.

It is present through an alternate version from the master’s studio, but it is Leonardo’s master-work The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne which is the centerpiece of this exhibition. Da Vinci started working on it in 1501 and left it unfinished upon his death 18 years later. After long years of restoration works, it is finally possible to see this large painting on display with all surviving related works: sketches, preparatory drawings, alternate versions, including the famous Burlington House cartoon. Continue reading

Exhibition Ibrahim Shahda, Aix-en-Provence

A selection of paintings by Ibrahim Shahda, the Egyptian born painter who moved to France in the 1950s, was exhibited in Aix-en-Provence.

In contrast with the 2009 exhibition in Paris and the recent one in Marseilles, which focused on portraits and self-portraits, the works on display also included still lifes and landscapes.

There are at least two fascinating things with Shahda:

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Exhibition Ibrahim Shahda, Marseilles

Ibrahim Shahda, who was born in Egypt but decided to live and work in France, is one of these major artists who has not yet the general recognition his work deserves.

I see mainly 2 reasons for this: he painted portraits, still lifes and landscapes in a time where abstract art ruled ; and he always refused concessions if he believed his art would suffer from them.

As in the 2009 exhibition which took place in Paris, the current exhibition focuses on portraits and self-portraits.

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