‘Quatuor Ardeo’ in Audrix, Dordogne

An excellent concert of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven String Quartets played by Quatuor Ardeo in the beautiful medieval church at Audrix in the Dordogne.

Haydn String Quartet no. 3; Mendelssohn String Quartet no. 1; Beethoven String Quartet no. 3.

Ardeo Quartet


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Festival ‘8 de Montcabrier’

A very enjoyable evening at the Festival ‘8 de Montcabrier’, with a programme of Debussy, Satie and Fauré extremely well performed.

Debussy: Prélude à l’aprés midi d’un faune; Satie: Gnossiennes I, Piccadily, Gymnopédie I; Fauré: Sicilienne pour violoncelle et piano; Fauré: Fantaisie pour flute et piano; Fauré: Quatuor pour piano et cordes no. 1.

Festival 8 de Montcabrier


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‘Living Natures’ exhibition at Chateau de Biron

At Chateau de Biron in the Dordogne for the exhibition ‘Living Natures’. Representations of nature in  art from the collections of the Maeght Foundation.

Kandinsky 'Red Knot' (1936)

Wassily Kandinsky ‘Red Knot’ (1936)

Leger 'La partie de campagne' (1954)

Fernand Léger ‘La partie de campagne’ (1954)

Chagall 'Tour Eiffel à l'âne rouge' (lithograph, 1954)

Marc Chagall ‘Tour Eiffel à l’âne rouge’ (1954)

Braque 'The Bird and his Shadow I' (lithograph, 1959)

Georges Braque ‘The Bird and his Shadow’ (1959)

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‘La Modernite en Bretagne’ in Pont-Aven

In Pont-Aven, Brittany, home of the Pont-Aven School of artists who gathered around Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard in the 1880s. Paul Serusier painted the work known as ‘The Talisman’ there, which would be instrumental in the beginning of the Nabis movement.

The Musée de Pont-Aven has an extensive permanent collection of paintings by Nabis artists and an excellent temporary exhibition of ‘La Modernite en Bretagne’.

Gauguin 'Les Lavandieres in Pont-Aven' (1886)

Paul Gauguin ‘Les Lavandiéres à Pont-Aven’ (1886)

Emile Bernard 'Madeleine au Bois d'Amour' (1888)

Emile Bernard ‘Madeleine au Bois d’Amour’ (1888)

La Modernite en Bretagne 2 exhibition

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‘Odilon Redon’ in Quimper

At the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper for the exhibition ‘Paysages d’Odilon Redon’, a collection of mainly landscape paintings by Redon from his native Aquitaine and Brittany.

Paysages d'Odilon Redon exhibition

Odilon Redon 'Peyrelebade, domaine familial près de Listrac' (1896 - 97)

Odilon Redon ‘Peyrelebade, domaine familial près de Listrac’ (1896 – 97)

Odilon Redon 'Saint Sébastien' (c.1910)

Odilon Redon ‘Saint Sébastien’ (c.1910)

Odilon Redon 'Sommeil de Caliban' (c.1912)

Odilon Redon ‘Sommeil de Caliban’ (c.1912)

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A Postcard from Auray, Brittany

Port of Saint-Goustan, Auray

The port of Saint-Goustan, Auray, Brittany

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‘Picasso Primitif’ at Musée du Quai Branly, Paris

A fascinating exhibition which shows the influence of non-western arts on Picasso’s career. On display are items from Picasso’s own collection of African and Oceanic art as well as works by him that they influenced.

Picasso Primitif poster

Picasso Primitif

Female Body Mask [Nevimbumbao] Vanuatu

Female Body Mask [Nevimbumbao], Vanuatu

Masque Grebo, Musee Picasso

Grebo Mask, Ivory Coast

Picasso 'Three Figures under a Tree' (1907)

Pablo Picasso ‘Three Figures under a Tree’ (1907)

Picasso 'Standing Nude Profile' (1920)

Pablo Picasso ‘Standing Nude Profile’ (1920)

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