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Armchair Traveler: Rouen, France and the Impressionists

The Cathedral & Gros Hrloge in Rouen

“I am exhausted, I can’t bear it any more and I had nightmares last night: the cathedral was falling down on me, it seemed to be blue, or pink or yellow.” —Claude Monet From 1892 to 1893, Monet painted the 31 works that comprise his Rouen Cathedral series. He was solitary and oblivious to the other artists working around him. ... Read More »

Renoir: The Artist Who Loved Women

Jeanne Samary in a Low Necked Dress (detail), 1877

You may enjoy one of Renoir’s most famous paintings, “La Loge”, at the current show, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.   The fashionable woman in “La Loge” is Nini Lopez, who was an actress from Montmartre and known as “fish face.” Renoir met her when he moved to Montmartre for the summer to paint “Bal ... Read More »

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity to Open at the Metropolitan Museum on February 26

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The latest fashion . . . is absolutely necessary for a painting. It’s what matters most. —Édouard Manet, 1881   Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries.   Nearly 80 paintings by Impressionist masters such as Manet, Monet, Renoir, ... Read More »

Paul Cézanne and Aix-en-Provence

Atelier Cézanne—Cézanne bought a little country house in November 1901 and worked right until the end of his life in 1906

“When I was in Aix, I thought I would be better off elsewhere. Now that I’m here, I miss Aix… when you’re born there, that’s it, nothing else appeals.”   The urban haunts of Paris may have provided the grounds for Impressionism’s rise, but Paul Cézanne’s life began (and ended) in the southern, Roman city of Aix-en-Provence. Born the illegitimate ... Read More »

The Private Passions of Claude Monet

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Claude Monet was born in Paris, on November 14, 1840. Today his name is synonymous with Impressionism, but there was more to the artist than his love of painting light. It is well known that Monet loved to garden, as anyone who has ever been to his home in Giverny can attest. The quaint, pink-and-green country home—where he moved in ... Read More »

Museyon in the News

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  Museyon Guides is going international! Our guide to the artsy side of Paris, Art + Paris: Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, has been translated into Japanese. And here’s what the press has to say about it:   “This book is an invitation to Paris and Normandy where impressionists lived, painted, made hot debates among artist friends.”   “It is very fascinating ... Read More »

Meet the Collectors: The Stein Family

Gertrude Stein Pablo Picasso

In the beginnings of the 20th century, an American family gravitated to the center of the artistic movement in Paris, France. Though these individuals were not the usual “masters” of art that impacted the artistic world previously, these famous siblings did more for avant-garde Paris than perhaps even Pablo Picasso himself. Upon first arriving in Paris, the Stein siblings, Leo, ... Read More »

Spotlight On: The Moulin Rouge

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The Moulin Rouge, or Red Windmill, is as famous as its counterparts the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum. Made immortal through literature, cinema, and of course, song, this popular cabaret opened for business in 1889 and forever revolutionized the meaning of the word “soiree.” Better known by it French name, the Moulin Rouge–or “ The First Palace of Women” ... Read More »

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