Chef-œuvre

In about a month, I’ll be leaving for France for my summer job. One of the pleasures of  my summers in Paris is the opportunity to visit plenty of museum exhibits. Here are some of the ones that I have scoped out. If they catch your eye as well, maybe I’ll see you there!

imageL’Art et l’enfant: Chefs-d’œuvre de la peinture française  This exhibition at Le musée Marmottan Monet is on now through July 3. It shows the change in the role of the child from the 15th to the 20th century through the eye of the greatest French artists (or those who are closely associated with France, like Picasso). One hundred paintings have been assembled from private collections and museums around the world. This one is a must-see for me.

imageI live right next to the Jardin du Luxembourg and it’s easy to stroll over to the Musée du Luxembourg Sénat even on a busy day. They usually have great exhibits and this year it’s Chef-d’œuvre de Budapest, on now until July 10. I know absolutely nothing about Hungarian art, so this will be a learning opportunity for me, but it looks beautiful.

imageAs an amateur photographer, I love to learn about masters of the art. The work of Malian photographer Seydou Keïta is being featured at the Grand Palais from now until July 11. He’s considered one of the greatest photographers of the mid-20th century and he captured Mali’s transition to being an independent nation.

Two of these exhibitions have chef-d’œuvre (shef duv-ruh) in the title, which means masterpiece. In the past, this was the work that an aspirant to a trade would present to a jury as justification to be received as a master. Today, the word is used more loosely to refer to a work that represents the best of its type. There are more chefs d’œuvre to be seen in Paris this summer, but I’ll cover them another day.

imageLouvre: 400 Masterpieces

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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