“Only in painting have I found happiness” ... Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. This is the first French retrospective for this portraitist. One hundred fifty-nine works are on view until January 11, 2016 at the Grand Palais. You will be mesmerized by the moist, glinting eyes that look at you. One of the best times to visit avoiding lines and crowds is Friday around 5:30 pm. In her portraits, I see an artist who painted impressionism, fashion, motherly tenderness and narrative art. Although not the first to paint teeth showing or expressive eyes, Madame Le Brun did have an expressive talent for naturalness. For her education....
The Paris fashion design museum Palais Galliera reopened in 2013. After four years of renovations, why not invite Azzedine Alaïa to present the kick-off exhibition. This artist and body sculptor has the honor until January 26, 2014 and not just in the Palais Galliera. The exhibition continues across the avenue du Président Wilson at the Paris Museum of Modern Art (Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris) Salle Matisse.