Paris is still a city of art and artists (among other things!) and there are many galeries, special exhibits, artists’ days, visits to artists’ studios etc. It’s hard to know which one to visit if you’re not up in the art world (like me). I happened on this special exhibition at the Orangerie in the Luxembourg Gardens, and it was fascinating—it’s not pretty art, nor restful art, but it does make you think and makes you wonder what is being depicted and what it might ‘mean’, and some of the images had me delving back into my childhood memories.
For the month of August, the painter, engraver, sculptor, and writer Zwy Milshtein showed about 100 works in the lovely open space of the Orangerie. His huge, bright canvases are peopled with elves, fairies, brooms, unicorns, women, witches, feet, wine glasses, dragons, all reflecting his very varied life in different cultures—Russian, Swiss, Jewish, Oriental—and pulling us into a nostalgic fairyland. An unplanned tribute to Harry Potter even? (Harry Potter is very popular here in Paris too!)
Entrance was free.
For more information on this artist go to Milshtein’s Home Page
In September he will be showing his works at l’Espace Berggruen, 70 rue de l’Universite, Paris
The Orangerie is open May-October for exhibitions, then the delicate plants and shrubs from the Luxembourg Gardens are brought inside for the winter months.(More on Luxenbourg Gardens later).
Entrance to Orangerie
some of the works inside the Orangerie. Note the bronze fountain sculpture of the man under the umbrella.
a very thought-provoking artist, n’est-ce pas?