We took a beautiful drive to Burgundy last week and had a fabulous, relaxing weekend. The vendange, or grape harvest, came very late this year and they had just finished. More on our wine tasting trip shortly …
The leaves were turning into glorious yellows and reds – couldn’t resist stopping numerous times to collect for our table.
I love the change of seasons in France!
My sister brought Halloween candies from Boston this week so we celebrated at home.
Dining table is dressed for autumn!
I tried to press the leaves in our map book, but lost most of them as they turned dark and moldy. Would love to learn how to press leaves so they retain their color. My next project is to decoupage them onto jars for decorations. Any suggestions or links gratefully received! Happy autumn from France!
Enjoy the autumn colors and fabulous exhibitions on display in Paris!
Autumn temperatures have arrived, leaves are shimmering golden in the parks and gardens and it’s time to take a look at what’s in store for art lovers this autumn in Paris. While the permanent collections offer enough to keep you busy for years to come, there are also a host of intriguing, unique and very rare exhibitions in Paris this autumn and winter. Here’s a look at some of the best shows that you won’t want to miss during your stay in Paris!
The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture at Art in Florence, 1400-1460
26 September 2013 to 6 January 2014 Exhibition website
Forget about the cooler weather as you step back in time to the very birth of the Renaissance in Florence. This special and not to be missed exhibition brings to life the important years from 1400 to 1460 as artists such as Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Dontatello to name just a few were creating sculpture and art unlike anything anyone had seen before. Organized by the Louvre and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, this exhibition brings to Paris works of art that you’ll rarely see outside of Italy. In other words, don’t miss this exceptional chance to discover the birth of the Renaissance!
Désirs et volupté, Victorian Masterpieces
13 September to 20 January 2014 Exhibition website
This exhibition is one of the top must-sees for us this autumn in Paris! The beautiful Musée Jacquemart-André presents an exhibition dedicated to desire and sensual pleasure in Victorian painting. See works of art by noted Victorian painters such as Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Frederic Leighton, Albert Moore and the better known Pre-Raphealites likes Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John William Waterhouse and John Everett Millais. The Aesthetic Movement and Cult of Beauty look particularly at home in the gorgeous setting of the Musée Jacquemart-André.
Masculine/Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day
24 September 2013 to 2 January 2014 Exhibition website
Where to even begin with an exhibition of over 200 paintings, sculptures and photos of naked men? Probably by suggesting that you just get your tickets and see it for yourself! Ahem. This is your chance to gawk and gander and otherwise appreciate the beauty of the male physique all for the sake of art appreciation. Thank you Musée d’Orsay!
Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera: Art in Fusion
Musée de l’Orangerie
9 October 2013-13 January 2014 Exhibition website
One of the smaller yet no less important exhibitions of the autumn, the Musée de l’Orangerie presents an exhibition dedicated to the artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Art in Fusion is an appropriate title as the artists were married, divorced and married again, and one would expect to find passions, interests and inspiration infused in their work. Don’t miss this chance to see it side by side! If you haven’t been to the Musée de l’Orangerie, it’s one of the best small museum in Paris.
One of the art events of the autumn season, the Grand Palais presents an exhibition dedicated to one of the founders of Cubism, Georges Braque. While he hasn’t received as much as attention as Picasso, Braques was a major contributor to Cubism and the avant garde art scene in France. This exhibition rectifies this by bringing together 200 works by the artist highlighting his career. Check out the cool promotional video, too.
Until 4 November 2013
& Le Surréalisme et l’objet(Surrealism and the Object)
30 October 2013 – 03 March 2014 Exhibition website
Modern art lovers will want to catch the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition that is still on at the Pompidou Centre until November 4th. Find out more here. If you’re visiting this autumn, you’re in for another treat with the exhibition Surrealism and the Object. Presenting works of art by modern masters, such as Dalí, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Picasso, Calder, Giacometti and more, this exhibition takes viewers into the unusual, unreal and sometimes unsettling world of Surrealism and its relationship to the object.
Etrusques, Un hymne à la vie
18 September 2013 to 9 February 2014 Exhibition website
The Musée Maillol in the 7th arrondissement has organized an exhibition dedicated to the Etruscans, the ancient people who inhabited the Italian peninsula before the Romans. Focused on reconstructing daily life for Etruscans, this exhibition highlights a culture we know surprisingly little about today.
The Renaissance and the Dream: Bosch, Véronèse, Greco
Musée du Luxembourg
9 October 2013 to 26 January 2014 Exhibition website
Autumn is a beautiful time to stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens. Warm up after your walk by visiting the Musée du Luxembourg for its dreamlike show dedicated to, well, dreams. From dreams of the divine to Hieronymus Bosch’s nightmarish scenes, take a fascinating look at how dreams were thought of and represented in the Renaissance.
Falling in love in Paris – it’s a timeless theme that has captured the hearts of romantics from around the world! Our friends David & Rachel have shared with us the trailer for a new Japanese romantic comedy called I Have to Buy New Shoes, which is out now in Asian theaters. It’s the story of a writer living in Paris who bumps into a photographer when she stumbles and breaks her shoe. Their romance develops over three days while they discover the beauty of Paris together. It looks charming and worth seeing for the Paris eye candy alone!
Sweet and fun Japanese romantic comedy set in Paris
If you love watching Paris on the big screen or can’t get enough of the classics, check out our list of Movies Set in Paris for some inspiration!
A fellow Paris lover recently shared these wonderful time lapse videos of Paris in Motion by Mayeul Akpovi, a French based photographer, who created the stop-motion videos from thousands of pictures captured in over five days of filming. From the Eiffel Tower, sun setting over the Seine and night views overlooking Paris to the Louvre and Montmartre, these videos cover so many of the city’s classic sights. You’ll even see some spectacular shots of the Bastille Day fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. If you’re missing Paris, these videos will transport you back to some of your favorite spots in the City of Light!