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Welcome 2 France Newsletter October 2010
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This Months Featured Apartments:

Mouffetard Monge

This cozy one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, with its tidy kitchenette and modern amenities, comfortably sleeps two. Rue Mouffetard immortalized in The Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway as a "wonderful crowded market street" is steps away.

Mouffetard II

At 753 sq ft, this large two-bedroom apartment is also within easy walking distance of the rue Mouffetard. Perfect for a family of four, one of the apartment's best features is a private outdoor terrace accessible by French doors.

Luxury Longchamp II

Though a one-bedroom, this spacious apartment has an open living and dining area, as well as a nicely renovated bathroom. Decorated with vibrant artwork and a sixties vibe, it is located on the ground floor of a nineteenth century building.

October, 2010

If you're a devotee of Impressionist artist Claude Monet (1840-1926), this autumn is the season to be in Paris. The city is abuzz with two major Monet retrospectives, each showcasing the legendary artworks that helped define a whole new style of painting.

One exhibit at the Grand Palais is already underway; the second at the Musee Marmottan-Monet opens shortly. The good news is both shows spill over into the early part of next year, making it possible to plan a special trip to pay tribute to one of the founding fathers of Impressionism.

The Grand Palais: Claude Monet 1840-1926

"In north America Monet is considered a living god," says Guy Cogeval in a recent article for The Independent. Cogeval is the director of the Musee d'Orsay and the brainchild of the Monet retrospective at the Grand Palais that runs September 22, 2010-January 24, 2011. The exhibit explores Monet as a complex painter of emotion, as well as an outdoor painter of beauty.

This is the largest amassed exhibition of the artist's work since a major Parisian retrospective in 1980, which I was fortunate enough to attend as a teenager, and which awakened in me a lasting love and true appreciation of art. To me, there is nothing more powerful in the visual arts than viewing a significant quantity of work spanning decades by a single master artist.

At the Grand Palais, around 200 canvases and drawings by Monet are on display, a third of which came from the Musee d'Orsay's permanent collection, including the spectacular Rouen Cathedral series (1892-1893) and the popular Poppies Blooming (1873). The other two thirds are on loan from numerous art museums and private collections overseas, including those in America, Russia and Japan. A few of the artworks were sold directly to collectors by Monet and have never been shown in France before.

The Musee Marmottan-Monet: Son Musee

The other Monet exhibition opens this month, running October 6, 2010-February 20, 2011, at the Musee Marmottan-Monet, which is a short distance from the Grand Palais. In 1932, Paul Marmottan bequeathed his art and furniture collection, as well as the museum itself-housed in a 19th century mansion-to the Institut de France.

Then in 1966, the Musee Marmottan received a priceless endowment. Monet's son Michel left more than one hundred canvases of his father's works to the intimate museum, changing the name of and giving the Musee Marmottan-Monet the biggest single collection of Monet paintings in the world. These include The Impression Sunrise (1872), which was stolen from the museum in 1985 and later retrieved in Corsica. The name Impressionism-the most significant art movement of the nineteenth century-was inspired by this very painting.

For their Monet retrospective, the Musee Marmottan-Monet will for the first time put its entire collection of 135 paintings, as well as the artist's sketches and notebooks, on display. In the spirit of pride-and possible rivalry with the Grand Palais show-the retrospective is named Monet: Son Musee (translated as Monet: His Museum). Certainly on view are the personal works that Monet chose to keep in his family.

Other Monet Musts

While you're in Paris, be sure not to miss the Monet artwork that remains at the Musee d'Orsay, as well as the large-scale, immoveable water lily murals painted toward the end of the artist's life at the Musee de l'Orangerie.

If in the mood for exploring further, Monet was born in on the 5th floor of a house with the street address: 45 rue Laffitte. This is in the 9th arrondissement, as is the church Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, where Monet was baptized.

Of course, a day trip to Giverny, the village where Monet lived for 43 years, is a must. Giverny is located around 50 miles northwest of Paris and is accessible by train from the Gare Saint-Lazare, the subject of another renowned painting by the artist. Monet's house and gardens, including the famous water gardens, are open to the public.

Basic information on all things Monet:

1. The Grand Palais: Claude Monet 1840-1926 (September 22, 2010-January 24, 2011);
      3 ave du General-Eisenhower; 44-13-17-17;

2. Musee Marmottan-Monet: Monet La Collection Intime (October 6, 2010-February 20, 2011);
      2 rue Louis-Boilly; 44-96-50-33;

3. Musee de l'Orangerie; Jardin des Tuileries; 44-77-80-07;

4. Musee d'Orsay; 1 rue de La Legion d'Honneur; 40-49-48-84;

5. Giverny;

Calendar of Events, October, 2010


La Bastille Modern Art Fair
Place de la Bastille, Metro Bastille
€8 (open daily)

September 10, 2010-February 6, 2011
Inca's Gold
La Pinacothéque de Paris
28 Place de la Madeleine, Metro Madeleine
€12 (usually open daily)

September 22, 2010-January 24, 2011
Claude Monet (1840 - 1926)
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Metro Champs Elysées Clemenceau or Franklin Roosevelt
€12 (closed Tuesday)

October 6, 2010-February 20, 2011
Monet: Son Musee
Musee Marmottan-Monet
2 Rue Louis-Boilly, Metro La Muette
€9 (open daily)

September 24, 2010-January 24, 2011
Rubens, Poussin and 17th Century Artists
Musée Jacquemart André
158 Blvd Haussmann, Metro Miromesnil or St. Philippe du Roule
€10 (open daily)

October 21-24
International Contemporary Art Fair
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Metro Champs Elysées Clemenceau or Franklin Roosevelt
€28 (open daily)

October 18-21
Paris Photo
Carrousel du Louvre
99 Rue de Rivoli, Metro Louvre or Palais-Royal

Exhibitions and Other Museums

Through October 10
The Story of Contemporary Fashion, Volume 1: 1970 - 1979
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107-111 Rue de Rivoli, Metro Palais Royale-Musee du Louvre
€8 (closed Mondays)

Through October 31
Jean Paul Gaultier
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
Palais de Chaillot, 1 Place du Trocadéro, Metro Trocadéro

Through November 30
Animal (animal themes and materials in the decorative arts)
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 -111 Rue de Rivoli, Metro Palais Royale-Musée du Louvre
€8 (closed Mondays)

Music, Theater and Dance

October 7-31
Village de Cirque
Pelouse de Reuilly, Bois de Vincennes, Metro Porte Doree
Free-€17 (open daily)

October 7-31
Il Trittico, Giacomo Puccini
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille, Metro Bastille
€5 - 140

October 18-November 7
Paquila Ballet
Opera Garnier
Palais Garnier, Place de l'Opera, Metro Opera
€8 - 89


Through October 11, 2010
Jardin des Papillons - Butterfly Garden
Bois de Vincennes-Parc Floral
Route de la Pyramide, Metro Chateau de Vincennes

October 28-November 1, 2010
Salon de Chocolat
Porte de Versailles, Metro Porte de Versailles
€12; under 3s free

Note: the information in the newsletter and calendar are accurate when we publish, but things do change, so it's always a good idea to check before you go.

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