I have just returned from a quick trip to Paris. The city was ablaze in autumn colors. The trees along the Seine, the Luxembourg Gardens, and the Tuileries were full of green, red, orange, and pale yellow leaves that fullered down in the wind and crunched underfoot. It was the first time that I have seen Paris in the Fall and it was spectacular.
You can’t visit Paris without taking in the art. My favorite exhibitions this time were Mexique 1900 – 1950 at the Grand Palais, Magritte, the Treachery of Images at the Centre Pompidou, and The newly renovated Rodin Museum.
Mexique 1900 – 1950, the Grand Palais
Woman at a Well, Diego Rivera, 1913
The exhibit focused on the vibrant and creative history of Mexican art from the beginning of the 20th century. It showed the influence of the expatriate Mexicans in Paris in the 20’s who were exposed to and contributed to Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism, and the emerging Modern movement. It also showed the effect of the Mexican Revolution on their art and how upon returning from Europe they wanted to forge a new identity based on their indigenous past. The show addresses the work of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Orozco, Sequeiros, Tamayo, Zuniga, the Muralists, the Surrealists, and the Modernists.
The Two Fridas, Frida Kahlo, 1939
Surrealist Boat Sculpture by Leonora Carrington