The prestigious collection of paintings of the Swiss couple Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser is currently shown in the Musée Marmottan in Paris in a beautiful exhibition: Villa Flora, les temps enchantés. One can admire there 75 masterpieces, all by great artists, Impressionists, Nabis, Fauves,… It is in my opinion one of the top three exhibitions not to be missed in Paris this winter. It started last September and is still running until 7 February. If you have not seen it yet, go and visit it straight away: it is really amazing!
Until 14 February a small but beautiful exhibition is taking place in the Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent in Paris: ‘Vivre pour l’Art’, which can be translated by ‘the art of living for art’.
It is dedicated to two major figures of the Parisian fashion, two couturiers who both embodied the height of taste in their respective time: Jacques Doucet (1853-1929) and Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008). Both were also art discoverers and collectors and used to live in beautiful apartments surrounded by the works of art (paintings, furniture, and other decorative objects) they had bought: Jacques Doucet in Neuilly, 33 rue Saint James, and Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, 55 rue de Babylone.
The Festive Season is in full swing in Paris even if the weather is more spring-like than winter and even if the Christmas Markets and the Department Stores are less crowded than usual due to 13 November attacks. Our city is so magical with its Christmas lights and shop windows that strolling in Paris streets at night at that time of the year is just a delight.
Top Ten Christmas lights and shop windows
Here is my Top ten of the most exceptional Christmas lights not to be missed in Paris:
1. The Avenue Montaigne, so beautiful and showing this year again the wonderful bottle of perfume ‘J’adore’ in front of Dior!