French Painting: 3 Great Art Exhibitions this Spring

French Painting: 3 Great Art Exhibitions this Spring

We zoom in on the work of some of the most skilled French artists, showcased in excellent exhibitions this spring in France.


The exhibition Raoul Dufy, le Bonheur de Vivre (the Happiness of Being Alive) celebrates the ease, profusion and brilliance of the work of a Fauvist artist who was very much in love with the concepts of nature and freedom.

11 February – 5 June. Website:

From Watteau to David


The Petit Palais presents a compendium of more than two hundred French paintings, sculptures, and drawings from the 18th century, owned by major American collector Jeffrey Horvitz.

21 March – 16 July. Website:

Henri Fantin-Latour


In cooperation with the RMN Grand Palais and the Musée d’Orsay, this retrospective of Henri Fantin-Latour pays homage to this Grenoble native.

18 March – 18 June. Website:

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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