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Paris Art StudiesSeptember - October 2017

 

Paris Special Exhibitions

 

Thursday 14 September, 4 – 5:45 pm: Derain, Balthus, Giacometti: An Artistic Friendship

Visit to the exhibition at the musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris  (until 29 October)

with Chris Boïcos

 

This is an exhibition devoted to the friendship between three of the greatest School of Paris artists of the 20th century: André Derain (1880-1954), Balthus (1908-2001) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).

350 works (paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photography) dating principally from 1930-1960 from major collections - MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Tate Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Maeght and Beyeler Foundations and more - have been brought together to illustrate the common threads in the three artists’ careers, their adherence to modernity but also their deep love of ancient art and the Old Masters.

All three artists met and consolidated their friendship in the Surrealist circles of 1930s Paris where they also frequented and collaborated with the famous writers, playwrights and poets of the era: Max Jacob, André Breton, Louis Aragon, Jean Cocteau, Pierre Reverdy, Desnos, Camus, Beckett, Sartre and Malraux, as well as the worlds of dance, theater and fashion : Boris Kochno, Roger Blin, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jacques Doucet, Paul Poiret and Christian Dior.

This exceptional show is also the first major exhibition of Derain’s work in Paris since 1995 and Balthus’ since the great Pompidou retrospective of 1983.

 

Place: Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris. 1 avenue du Président Wilson 75016. Meet in lobby.

Métro: Iéna (line 9).

Time: 3:45 for 4pm entry. Please bring 10 € for the exhibition ticket.

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Thursday 21 September, 10 – 11:30 am: Monet as Art Collector

Visit to the exhibition (14 Sep. - 14 Jan.)  at the Musée Marmottan with Chris Boïcos

 

Claude Monet, the most celebrated French Impressionist painter, was also, through his long career, one of the most important collectors of his time and most particularly of the art of his contemporaries and colleagues. This unprecedented show brings together works by Delacroix, Corot, Boudin, Jongkind, Manet, Renoir, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Morisot, Pissarro, Rodin and Signac amongst others and explores Monet’s personal and artistic connections to the modern art of his time.

 

Place: Meet by entrance of Musée Marmottan - 2, rue Louis Boilly 75016

Métro: La Muette (line 9).

Time: 9:45 for 10 am entry. Please bring 7,50 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (total of 9,50 €)

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Thursday 28 September, 10:30am - 12 noon: David Hockney

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou (until 23 October) with Chris Boïcos

 

In collaboration with London's Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Centre Pompidou presents the most comprehensive retrospective to date of the art of David Hockney, Britain’s most celebrated artist of the late 20th century and early 21st.

The exhibition celebrates the artist's 80th birthday by retracing his entire career through more than 160 works (paintings, photographs, engravings, video installations, drawings and printed works), including his most iconic paintings (swimming pools, double portraits and monumental landscapes) and some of his most recent creations.

 

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 5 October 9:40 – 11:15 am:

The Hansen's Secret Garden: The Ordrupgaard Collection

Visit to the exhibition (15 Sep. - 22 Jan.) at the Musée Jacquemart-André with Chris Boïcos.

This is the first exhibition in France of one of the most famous private collections of art in Denmark which is particularly strong on French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist work, that of the businessman Wilhelm (1868–1936) and his wife Henny (1870–1951) Hansen. Forty works, relatively unknown in France, are on show, including landscapes by Corot, Cézanne, Matisse, Monet, Pissarro and Sisley, as well as portraits and figure paintings by Degas, Manet, Courbet, Renoir, Morisot, Gauguin and Eva Gonzalès. The collection is normally housed in a charming turn-of-the 20th century country house north of Copenhagen, which the Hansens donated to the Danish state in 1953 which has been extended by a recently finished modern addition by Zaha Hadid.

Place: Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 boulevard Haussmann 75008. Meet outside main entrance.

Métro: Miromesnil (lines 9, 13).

Time: Meet 9:25 for 9:40 am entry. Please bring 15 € in for exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (17 €  total) in exact change.

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Thursday 12 October 10:45  – 12:15 noon:

POP ART - Icons that matter - Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Visit to the exhibition at the musée Maillol (22 sep. -  21 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos

Begun by the famous sculptor and patron of the arts, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art of New York provides a veritable anthology of American 20th-century art. The Maillol exhibition focuses on the Pop Art holdings of the Whitney from 1960-1980. All key figures of the era, pioneers and later artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselmann, James Rosenquist, Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Roy Lichtenstein are represented and juxtaposed to perhaps lesser-known artists like George Segal, Rosalyn Drexler, May Stevens and John Wesley. A unique opportunity to study in France some of the most iconic images of 1960s American culture.

Place: Meet at group entrance of Musée Maillol - 61, rue de Grenelle 75007 (Metro Rue du Bac, line12)

Métro: (Metro Rue du Bac, line 12)

Time: 10:30 for 10:45 am entry. Please bring 13,50 € for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (total of 15,50 €)

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Thursday 19 October 11:30 am - 1 pm: Anders Zorn, Sweden’s Master Painter

A visit to the exhibition at the Petit Palais (15 Sep. – 17 Dec.) with Chris Boïcos

 

After the Carl Larsson exhibition in 2014, the Petit Palais is devoting a major retrospective to the work of Anders Zorn (1860-1920), the other central figure of Swedish art at the turn of the 19th-century. During his lifetime, Zorn achieved great international renown as a portrait painter and etcher. Along with Sargent, Sorolla, Boldini, and Blanche, he was one of the most visible disciples of an international style combining energetic brushwork with bold compositions and lighting to create dashingly elegant portraits that were also great works of art.  In addition to showcasing Zorn’s society portraits and his championship of Swedish folklore and nature, this exhibition reveals his remarkable talent as a great watercolorist and etcher, as well as his little-known photography.

 

Place: Stairs or lobby (if raining) of Petit Palais avenue Winston Churchill 75008.
Métro: Champs-Elysées- Clemenceau (lines 1, 13).

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 am start. Please bring 10 € for museum ticket in exact change. We have 10 pre-bought group tickets.

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Thursday 26 October 10:30 am – 12 noon: Gauguin, Artist as Alchemist

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Grand Palais (11 Oct. - 21 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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Course Fee: 150 € for 7 sessions, 132 € for 6 sessions, 110 € for 5 sessions or 27 € per session (September-October 2017).

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 November-December 2017:

 

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

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée du Louvre (18 Oct. - 15 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 5: Paris under Louis XV

 

Louis XIV, the Sun King, died aged 77 in 1715 after a very long reign of 72 years. His only surviving descendant was his youngest great grandchild, the orphan Louis XV, who became King at the age of five. The little King’s uncle the duke of Orléans, son of Louis XIV’s brother Philippe, took over the government of the Kingdom as Regent. The Régence spelled the true opening to the 18th century in France. The tolerant even dissolute lifestyle of the Regent, the new possibilities for quick enrichment offered by the stock market, mark this period as one devoted to the fast life, luxury and pleasure.  Watteau is the first artist to break with the Grand Style of the previous reign to create an intimate, decorative art mixing "vulgar" subjects drawn from street theatre with aristocratic scenes from château life. The "fête galante" was born in art consecrating love and women as the chief subjects in painting. Architecture and decoration became light and refined favoring undulating curves and floral motifs – the Rococo style – in the new aristocratic hôtels particuliers like the hôtel Soubise in the Marais and the aristocratic houses built in the newly fashionable Left Bank suburb of the Faubourg-Saint-Germain across the river from the Royal residence in Paris, the Tuileries Palace.

The Age of Enlightenment will also give to women of the upper classes new possibilities for independence and self expression epitomized in the careers of Madame de Pompadour the royal mistress, and the famous salonières, Madame Geoffrin, Madame du Deffand or Madame d’Epinay who presided over the intellectual life of Paris by receiving famous luminaries like Voltaire and Rousseau. The course will trace the social roles and images of women in the art and portraiture of the period, focusing on the great artists of the Rococo age: Boucher, Lemoyne, Natoire, the van Loos, Chardin, Quentin Latour, Peronneau and Liotard.

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

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

 

Friday 15 Sep. – slide lecture – Watteau and the Birth of the “Fête Galante” – Paris under the Regency.

Friday 22 Sep. – Visit to the Musée du Louvre – Watteau, Boucher  and Quentin Latour – Art in the Rococo period.  Meet by information desk under Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15.

Friday 29 Sep. – Slide lecture – Women of the Court, women of Paris – Love, Marriage and the intellectual Salon in the Age of Enlightenment.

Friday  6 Oct. – Visit to the Hôtel de Soubise – Apartments of the Princesse de Soubise - paintings by Boucher, Tremolières, and Natoire’s cycle of “Psyche and Love”.

Friday 13 Oct. – Slide lecture – The New Architecture: Royal Neoclassicism in Paris.

Friday 20 Oct. – Visit to the Musée du Louvre – Painting (1750-1774) and furniture under Louis XV.  Meet by information desk under Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15.

 

Course Fee: 132 € for 6 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.

 

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