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Painting, sculpture, running: a diverse spring schedule in Paris

Painting, sculpture, running: a diverse spring schedule in Paris

The month of March marks the beginning of spring and to celebrate this glorious season, Paris offers you the opportunity to discover the lives and work of two major figures in modern art: the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and one of the masters of French sculpture, Auguste Rodin. Finally, don’t miss the famous Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, which offers a completely different way of seeing the capital.

 

An innovative landscape artist  

From March 16th to July 9th, the Musée du Luxembourg invites you to discover the painter Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903) through his family archives and, of course, his works. This Danish-French artist was considered as something of a father figure not only to the Impressionists, but also to the major Post-Impressionists, and this new exhibition focusses on the final two decades of his life, when he lived in Eragny-sur-Epte. The fine house he acquired there thanks to his friend Claude Monet became his studio from 1884 until his passing. He created his most famous works there, such as The Bell Tower of Bazincourt; The Effect of Snow, Sunset; and Apple Harvest... but also developed his idea of ​​establishing a collective agricultural society, largely inspired by his anarchist ideas. The exhibition provides the opportunity to admire seldom-seen paintings from private collections or foreign museums. Unpublished archives will allow you to discover the friends of the painter, including Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh and the way he saw life life in accordance with the rhythm of the seasons.

 

Celebrating the centennial of a sculptor of genius

The Grand Palais honours Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917) on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of his death. The works of this unique artist, a progenitor of modern sculpture, have influenced countless artists, and are presented in this new exhibition from a fresh perspective. In 1900 Rodin created his own exhibition on the margins of the Universal Exhibition in which he displayed his most famous creations, including The Kiss, The Thinker and The Gates of Hell, as well as more intimate works such as sketches, engravings and assemblages. It is this exhibition that the Grand Palais wished to recreate. Tension, mastery, enthusiasm and delicacy can all be perceived in these creations. The museum demonstrates all the facets of the sculptor through this exhibition, as well as via lectures presented by experts. Workshops for children and guided tours complete the programme of Rodin: the Centennial Exhibition, which takes place from March 22nd to July 31st, 2017.

 

A marathon discovery of Paris

The Schneider Electric Paris Marathon is a must for all race lovers. This event attracts a huge audience and more than 47,000 runners. On April 9th, the 41st edition of this epic and scenic race will begin on the Champs-Élysées and visit such famous locations as the Avenue Foch, Place de la Bastille, Bois de Vincennes, Notre-Dame and Bois de Boulogne. Various activities and attractions are offered in tandem with the event, including concerts, cheerleaders, tastings of gourmet specialties, and dancing... Everything is in place to make this day unforgettable.

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