Washington, DC: Paris on the Potomac—Almost


Blogathon June 11

If you’re planning a summer visit to Washington, DC—the city
that Parisian born, American architect and civil engineer Pierre L’Enfant laid out—you’ll
find much to remind you of Paris: bridges and monuments, museums and more—even
a few French bistros (see below).

But if you love French artists, paintings, and photography
in particular, find time to linger at the National Gallery of Art and
The Phillips Collection:

National Gallery of Art (http://www.nga.gov)

On view now:

In Light of the Past: Twenty-Five Years of Photography at
the National Gallery of Art
—until July 26,
2015—includes 175 nineteenth-century images and turn-of-the-century pictorial
photographs, including early gems from French photographers such as Gustave Le
Gray. His albumen print above, The Pont du
Carrousel, Paris: View to the West from the Pont des Arts
(1856-1858) is timeless.

While there, don’t miss: Drawing
in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
in an adjacent gallery, a
show that also closes July 26. The exhibit features works from the Middle Ages to
the present and is lesson in metal point drawings by artists
who created prints with a metal-tipped stylus dipped in silver or gold. It’s a
visual delight. http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/2015/leonardo-to-jasper-johns.html

In addition, nearly 500 French artists are in the museum’s
general collection with many notable works from famous to lesser-known and
unknown painters and sculptors. Almost an artistic A-Z: Adolphe Appian to
Antoine Watteau, Degas and Delacroix, Poussin to Picasso, Manet to Morisot,
Jacques Villon and Nicolas Poussin, as well as Rousseau, Leger, and Georges de
la Tours, to name drop just a few.

For a list of French artists currently on view: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/collection-search-result.html?keyword=French%20artists&artobj_vbnationality=French&pageNumber=1&lastFacet=artobj_vbnationality


Open daily, except Christmas and New Year

Monday–Saturday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM–6:00 PM

Free admission

The Phillips Collection (http://www.phillipscollection.org)

The Phillips Collection is a treasure of Modern and Contemporary Art
near Dupont Circle. Industrialist Duncan Phillips’s mansion is the original
venue for his art collection, and the museum’s contemporary expansion into adjacent
town house space is a seamless addition.

If you love French impressionism, you’ll find the
jewel of their crown, Renoir’s “Luncheon
of the Boating Party
,” on view along with other French
masterworks (Matisse, Cezanne, Bonnard) as well as European and American
modernism to contemporary art.


Closed Monday

Tuesday –Saturday: 10 AM-5 PM

Thursday, Extended hours till 8:30 PM

Sunday, Noon- 7 PM

General admission: $12, $10 for
students and seniors

Neighborhood French Restaurants in DC:

du Coin

A causal and fun French bistro and wine
bar at Dupont Circle. http://www.bistrotducoin.com/

Chat Noir

An Intimate, friendly neighborhood restaurant in NW Washington at Tenleytown (15-20 minutes on Red Line, Metro).

Classic French with a Thai twist on MacArthur Blvd. You need a car or taxi from the Mall or Dupont Circle.

La Chaumiere
Upscale French country cuisine in Georgetown, 5-10 minutes  by car from Dupont Circle.

Bistro D’oc

Informal French dining near the National Gallery with cuisine inspired by the Languedoc region.

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