Art in France

When you get outside Paris, you will find Romanesque and Gothic churches of astounding beauty. In Paris, there's the Louvre, but make time for smaller museums, like the Musée Moreau and churches like Saint-Sulpice (where you can see newly-restored paintings by Delacroix).

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Henry Mosler, <i>Le Retour</i>
Henry Mosler, Le Retour

Tightly rendered in a dark palette, Le Retour reimagines a traditional New Testament subject in the picturesque French province of Brittany.

The “Hileq and Bileq” Haggadah
The “Hileq and Bileq” Haggadah

Filled with playful images and captions, the Hileq and Bileq Haggadah delighted its fifteenth-century users much as it continues to do today.

Grünewald, <em>Isenheim Altarpiece</em>
Grünewald, Isenheim Altarpiece

Demons as haunting as these could be a sign of delirium, or just another of Grünewald’s otherworldly creations.

The Catalan Atlas
The Catalan Atlas

The Catalan Atlas reveals how one 14th-century Jewish mapmaker understood the political and ethnic realities of his world. 

Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is one of the greatest public works projects spearheaded in the Augustan age.

Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, <em>Napoleon Bonaparte Visiting the Pest House in Jaffa</em>
Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, Napoleon Bonaparte Visiting the Pest House in Jaffa

Napoleon masterfully manipulated his image, and this painting meant for Parisian audiences is pure propaganda.

Delacroix, <em>Women of Algiers in Their Apartment</em>
Delacroix, Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

Delacroix's orientalist fantasy exhibited to great acclaim in the Paris Salon.

Marey, <em>Joinville Soldier Walking</em>
Marey, Joinville Soldier Walking

The title of the photograph suggests that this image of lines and dots in wavy bands represents a walking soldier. But how?

<em>Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace</em>
Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace

On the island of Samothrace, the wind whipped the clothing of this stone goddess of victory.

Théodore Géricault, <em>Raft of the Medusa</em>
Théodore Géricault, Raft of the Medusa

Géricault’s massive canvas takes its format from history painting, but its subject is ripped from the headlines.

Amiens Cathedral
Amiens Cathedral

Above the entrance to Amiens, animated figures and flowing drapery attest to the increasing naturalism of Gothic sculpture in the 13th century.

The last work of Eva Hesse
The last work of Eva Hesse

Hesse proves that powerful, emotionally charged art doesn't have to be pretty.