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‘Océanie’ at Musée du Quai Branly, Paris

‘Océanie’ was originally shown at the Royal Academy, London to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first expedition to the Pacific on the ‘Endeavour’. It celebrates the art of the vast region of Melansia, Micronesia and Polynesia; from New Guinea to … Continue reading

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‘The Talisman’ of Paul Sérusier at the Musée d’Orsay

Paul Sérusier ‘The Talisman’ (1888) In 1888 Paul Sérusier was painting together with Paul Gauguin in Pont Aven, Brittany, north-west France. Gauguin advised Sérusier: “How do you see these trees? They are yellow. So, put in yellow; this shadow, rather … Continue reading

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Marc and Macke at the Musée de l’Orangerie

Franz Marc and August Macke were two major figures of German Expressionism and ‘Der Blaue Reiter’ movement. They became friends when they met in Paris in 1910, sharing an interest in nature in their art. However, their work took a more … Continue reading

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Postcards from the Dordogne Valley

A gloriously sunny February day – perfect for exploring ‘les plus beaux villages de France’ in the Dordogne Valley. Beynac-et-Cazenac Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

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Mozart and Mahler in Toulouse

At the Halle aux Grains, Toulouse for an extremely enjoyable concert by the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. In the first half was Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 21, with the excellent Adam Laloum, who performed with a wonderful touch … Continue reading

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Bartók in Bordeaux

At the Auditorium de l’Opera in Bordeaux, France, for an excellent Bartók concert by the Orchestre National Bordeaux under Michail Jurowski. Beethoven: Coriolan overture; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin Suite; Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

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Postcards from San Sebastián, Spain

San Sebastián is a beautiful coastal city in northern Spain. Known as the ‘gastronomic capital’ of the country, it is home to several world-renowned restaurants. San Sebastián cathedral Playa de la Concha

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