Trompe-l’œil

Recently, I’ve shared some ideas about what’s going on in Paris this summer. Here’s the final group of museum exhibits that I’m looking forward to. They are listed in order of when they will close.

Misia, Queen of Paris (Musée d’Orsay – June 12 until September 9, 2012) Misia Godebska was a legendary figure of the French art scene from the Belle Époque to the Roaring Twenties as a pianist, and model and friend to several Impressionists and Symbolists.

Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs (Arts Décoratifs – until September 16, 2012) Marc Jacobs is currently the artistic director of Louis Vuitton. This exhibit looks at their respective contributions to the fashion world.

Eugène Isabey (1803-1886): Par les ruelles et par les grèves (Louvre – from July 5 until September 17, 2012) This exhibit presents seascapes from Normandy and Brittany.

Rodin, Flesh and Marble (Musée Rodin – June 8, 2012 until March 3, 2013) While work is going on in the main museum, 50 marbles and a dozen terra cotta models will be presented in the Chapel.

Trompe-l’oeil, Imitations, pastiches et autres illusions (Arts Décoratifs – until November 15, 2013) A large and rarely exhibited selection of drawings and other objects that were intended to “fool the eye” are on display.

Since this is the end of the list, I’ll also take trompe-l’œil (tromp-loye) as today’s expression. There will be plenty to fool and enchant the eye in Paris this summer. I can hardly wait!

Little Known Museums in and around Paris

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French and English teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France.
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