La Culture: 5 Must-See Art Exhibitions in France This Spring

La Culture: 5 Must-See Art Exhibitions in France This Spring

Mark your calendars for these unmissable rendezvous with art, history, beauty, and incalculable riches.

Mary Cassatt, An American Impressionist in Paris

Accomplished portrait artist Mary Cassatt lived nearly 60 years in France. The first retrospective in 100 years revisits the work of the only American painter to have shown in the Impressionist group exhibitions. She was spotted by Degas in the 1874 Salon, and subsequently exhibited her works alongside those of the group.

Until July 23


Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Moine blanc assis, lisant, 1865 © Fondation Collection
E.G. Bührle, Zurich, ISEA (J.-P. Kuhn) Zurich

Corot, The Painter and His Models

Discover more than 60 of Corot’s masterpieces from the most important public and private collections in Europe and the US. This exceptional grouping of figurative works has been curated by Sebastian Allard, General Heritage Curator and Director of the Department of Paintings in the Musée du Louvre.

Until July 8

Vincent Van Gogh, View From Theo’s Apartment ©Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Dutch artists in Paris

Organised in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Dutch artists in Paris highlights the rich exchanges between Dutch and French painters from the reign of Napoleon to the dawn of the 20th century.

Until May 13


Portrait of Fath Ali Sha attributed to Mih Ali [detail] © H. Lewandowski/RMN-GP

The Rose Empire

The world’s first retrospective of 19th-century Persian art, The Rose Empire sheds light on the original and surprising artworks produced under the Qajar dynasty, with a stunning scenography by Christan Lacroix. Did you know? The period was called the ‘rose’ empire in reference to a 13-century collection of poems written by Persian poet Saadi. The literary work was called Gulistan, literally meaning the ‘rose garden’. When the 1st Qajar sovereigns settled in Tehran, they gave their palace the same name and to this day the Gulistan Palace remains the main museum of Qajar art in Tehran.

Until July 22


Rembrand Harmensz Van Rijn, Jesus Christ Healing the Sick, circa 1648 © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Chantilly) / Michel Urtado

Rembrandt at the Musée Condé

The graphic arts department of the stunning Domaine de Chantilly presents 21 never publicly shown etchings by Rembrandt, his students and his entourage. According to the current Dutch specialist of Rembrandt’s engraved work, Dr Jaco Rutgers, this is possibly Rembrandt’s finest set of engravings preserved in France. The exhibition is held in the museum’s new Prints and Drawings Gallery, a fitting home to the prestigious graphic arts collection at Chantilly, one of the richest in France, bequeathed by Henri d’Orléans, Duc d’Aumale, in 1884.

Until June 3

From France Today magazine

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Sylvia Edwards Davis is a writer and correspondent based in France with a focus on business and culture. A member of the France Media editorial team, Sylvia scans the cultural landscape to bring you the most relevant highlights on current events, art exhibitions, museums and festivals.

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