News for the week of May 6

Letter from France

If anyone is going to Paris between now and early July and French Impressionist or 19th century French painting is your thing these three major art exhibitions should not be missed:

Mary Cassatt at the Jacquemart-Andre from 9 March to 23 July.
Jean-Batiste Corot at the Marmottan-Monet -- focuses on his figure work, most of which was little seen during his lifetime or since, 8 February to 8 July; and
Eugène Delacroix at the Louvre from 28 March to 23 July.

I wanted to share this incredibly cute -- and very short -- series of videos from some creative folks in Paris: Alice in Paris. You can stream them all, two seasons' worth, on Amazon Prime if you have that service or you see them for free on Youtube. 

How well do you know Paris? Today we look at the 19th arrondissement.


1. What is the name of the small temple that dominates the parc des Buttes-Chaumont from a atop a rock?

A. Temple of Aphrodite.
B. Sibyl’s Temple.
C. Temple of Galatea

2. What contemporary artist created the 4 m-high, multicolored plastic character that has livened the terraces of the Robert-Debré Hospital since 1988?

A. Richard Baquiê.
B. Jean Dubuffet.
C. Niki de Saint-Phalle.

3. In what train station did Claude Monet pose his easel on numerous occasions, in order to paint its different aspects?

A. Gare d’Austerlitz.
B. Gare d’Orsay.
C. Gare Saint-Lazare.

4. When was the term “banlieu” (“suburb”) coined?

A. 15th century.
B. 19th century.
C. 20th century.

5. In what year did the main slaughterhouse of Paris leave its La Villette site?
A. 1970.
B. 1974.
C. 1978.

Answers can be found at the end of the newsletter.

Travel in France: Les Gorges du Verdon

Answers: 1. B, Sibyl’s Temple; 2. B, Dubuffet; 3. C, Gare Saint-Lazare; 4. A, 15th century, with the extension of the city; 5. B, 1974.