Paris Intimate Museums

With exhibit names such as In the Time of Klimt, The Vienna Secession at the Pinacothèque de Paris and From Giotto to Caravaggio at Musée Jacquemart-André, one would think museum masterpieces were on view. But, of course, it’s necessary to read the subtitles. Famous names draw crowds. Though Parisians are avid museum visitors, who would clamor to see exhibits called the Vienna Secession or The Passions of Robert Longhi? Still, there is always something to learn.

Disappointed in the scarcity of Klimt paintings, I read instead exhibit text and visuals on the history of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and the development of the Viennese Art Nouveau Movement (Sucession) from the end of the nineteenth century to the early years of Expressionism in the twentieth century. Read more ›

Paris Art Scene


Detail Camouflage, III – Eric Fischl as a gardener II, 2013, Oil/canvas, 100x60cm

TRAVERSES, Isabelle Bonzom’s Paintings

Paintings at a Crossing. Many of the images of contemporary artist Isabelle Bonzom, Parisian painter and muralist, are as rife with meaning as they are with color. Isabelle Bonzom’s most recent work on exhibit at Galerie Marie-Claude Duchosal suggests a duality of meaning and place. Hers are images that cross over into a different realm.

She infuses her canvases with dabs of color, creating reflective images where one is lost in time and space but simultaneously grounded in place. A New York City street scene, a Parisian park, a statue of a WWI soldier in contemporary landscape–all invite contemplation. Whether the figures are walking, jogging or resting, Bonzom says, “…they cross the picture plane and the space…And we are all traversing, crossing this world.” Atoms rotating and bouncing around. In her words Bonzom depicts a “symbiosis, osmosis between human being and nature.” The foliage, for instance, seems to shade yet penetrate the body.

Relationships between our interior life and the exterior crossover, as seen in the hazy portraits (one of which I own) of artist Eric Fischl gazing down at the pond in front of him. Everything is open. What is he pondering as he seems to see beneath the surface ripples of water? And, as the viewer, are we witness to our own traverses through life? Decide for yourself: Don’t miss Bonzom’s exquisite portraits and landscapes bursting with color, light, and energy yet simultaneously with calm.

Read Eric Fischl’s poetic essay—an imaginary conversation—on Isabelle Bonzom’s painting, “Entre nous”, published in the catalog “Traverses”

TRAVERSES, Isabelle Bonzom’s paintings
Exhibition from October 3 through 30, 2014
Galerie Marie-Claude Duchosal, 1 rue Ferdinand Duval, Paris, 4th, France – metro station Saint-Paul Tuesday through Saturday, 2 – 7pm and by appointment

For more contemporary art, visit the Grand Palais for the annual FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair) on from Oct 23-26, 2014.


Camouflage, XII – Portrait of Eric Fischl as a gardener, V” March 7, 2014 – oil/wood – 50x40cm

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