The musée du Luxembourg is managed by the French Senate. As one might expect from the name, it is housed in a building adjacent to the Senate in the Palais du Luxembourg, built by Marie de Medici. It features regularly changing exhibits in an intimate setting. A new exhibit, Cézanne à Paris, is open now until February 26, 2012. If you can’t actually get to Paris, the web-site has great interactive information. The exhibit is divided into several themes: Monter à (Coming to) Paris, Du Côté d’Auvers: Paysages (Landscapes), La Tentation de Paris, Poser comme une Pomme (Pose like an Apple), Les Voies (Pathways). Cézanne was from the countryside south of Paris. He followed his friend, writer Émile Zola up to the big city in order to become an artist. He became so important that Picasso referred to him as “le père de nous tous” (luh pear duh noo toos) or “the father of us all.” Not bad for a guy from the sticks.