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Art history usually refers to the history of the visual arts. ... // Medieval art Main article: Medieval art Most surviving art from the Medieval period was religious in focus, often funded by the Church, powerful ecclesiastical individuals such as bishops, communal groups such as abbeys, or wealthy secular patrons. ...

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Contemporary French art This article is about the cultural movement known as the French Renaissance. ... Art and architecture in France in the early 17th century are generally referred to as Baroque. ... Rococo and Neoclassicism are terms used to describe the visual and plastic arts and architecture in Europe from the late 17th to the late 18th centuries. ... French art of the nineteenth century is, for the purpose of this article, visual and plastic works of art made in France or by French citizens during the following political regimes: Napoleon Bonapartes Consulate (1799-1804) and Empire (1804-1814), the Restoration under Louis XVIII and Charles X (1814... The following is an overview of French art of the 20th century. ...

French Artists

Artists (chronological)
Artists - Painters
Sculptors - Architects
Photographers The following is a chronological list of French artists working in visual or plastic media (plus, for some artists of the 20th century, performance art). ... This entry concerns French architects. ...

Art Movements

Art movements (chronological)
Art movements
The following is a chronological list of artistic movements or periods in France indicating artists who are sometimes associated or grouped with those movements. ...

The Art World

Salons & academies
From the seventeenth century to the early part of the twentieth century, artistic production in France was controled by artistic academies which organized official exhibitions called salons. ...

Museums

Art museums

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Impressionism - Cubism
Dada - Surrealism Impressionism was a 19th century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based artists who began publicly exhibiting their art in the 1860s. ... Woman with a guitar by Georges Braque, 1913 Cubist house in Prague Cubism is an important and influential art movement; it was an avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture in the early 20th century. ... Cover of the first edition of the publication, Dada. ... Kay Sage. ...

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The visual and plastic arts of France have had an unprecedented diversity -- from the Gothic cathedral of Chartres to Georges de la Tour's night scenes to Monet's "Waterlilies" and finally to Duchamp's radical "Fontaine" -- and have exerted an unparalleled influence on world cultural production. To cover the vastness of the subject, the French art article has been divided into a series of separate articles navigatible through the template to the right. One can also directly access French art category indexes, such as alphabetical lists of painters or sculptors. For those searching for artists from a particular period or art movements, the relatively comprehensive manual lists of painters and artistic movements in chronological order are recommended. See also Gothic art. ... A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Anglican, Catholic and some Lutheran churches, which serves as the central church of a diocese, and thus as a bishops seat. ... Cathedral of Chartres Cathedral of Chartres, western spires Chartres is a town and commune of France, préfecture (capital) of the Eure-et-Loir département. ... Georges de La Tour (1593–1652) was a French painter. ... Oscar-Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926), French impressionist painter. ... Marcel Duchamp (July 28, 1887 - October 2, 1968) was a French/American artist. ...


Some supplementary or general material is included on this page, including art vocabulary and general French art references.


For information about French literature, see: French literature French literature is, generally speaking, literature written in the French language, particularly by citizens of France; it may also refer to literature written by people living in France who speak other traditional non-French languages. ...


For information about French history, see: History of France The History of France has been divided into a series of separate historical articles navigable through the template to the right. ...


For other topics on French culture, see: French culture The culture of France is diverse, reflecting regional differences as well as the influence of recent immigration. ...

The Louvre Museum, Paris
The Louvre Museum, Paris

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Image File history File links Download high resolution version (4250x1480, 570 KB) Pyramid of the Louvre (Paris), panorama File links The following pages link to this file: Mona Lisa French art ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (4250x1480, 570 KB) Pyramid of the Louvre (Paris), panorama File links The following pages link to this file: Mona Lisa French art ...


Art museums in France

Paris

  • Musée du Louvre
  • Musée d'Orsay — 19th century art (national collection)
  • Centre Pompidou (Beaubourg) — 20th century art (national collection)
  • Musée national du Moyen âge (Musée de Cluny) — medieval collection
  • Palais de Tokyo — 20th century art
  • Musée Guimet — Asian art
  • Grand Palais — changing expositions
  • Petit Palais
  • Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume — changing expositions
  • Musée Picasso — the artist
  • Musée Rodin — the sculptor
  • Musée Zadkine — the sculptor
  • Fondation Dubuffet — the sculptor and painter
  • Musée Carnavalet — Paris and the 17th century in a former mansion
  • Musée Jacquemart-André — private collection from the renaissance to the 19th century
  • Fondation Cartier — contemporary Art
  • Centre National de la photographie
  • Musée Bourdelle — the sculptor
  • Musée Dapper — African art
  • Musée Gustave Moreau — the symbolist painter
  • Manufacture des Gobelins — tapestries and weaving from the 17th century
  • Musée Nissim de Camondo — private collection of 18th century works
  • Musée Maillol — Fondation Dina Vierny — the sculptor
  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie
  • Musée de Céramique à Sèvres
  • Musée du Montparnasse

I.M. Peis Louvre Pyramid: one of the entrances to the galleries lies below the glass pyramid. ... The Musee d Orsay is a museum in Paris. ... The Pompidou Centres famous external skeleton of service pipes. ... The Musée de Cluny, officially known as Musée National du Moyen Âge, is a museum in Paris, France, at 6 Place Paul Painlevé, south of the Blvd St. ... The Palais de Tokyo is a contemporary art museum in Paris, France. ... Guimet in his museum. ... A detail of the Grand Palais . ... The Façade of the Petit Palais The Petit Palais is a museum in Paris, France. ... The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume is a museum of contemporary art in the north-west corner of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. ... Self Portrait The Musée Picasso is located in the Hotel Sale on rue de Thorigny, in the Marais district of Paris. ... The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, is a museum that was opened in 1919 in the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds. ... The Musée Carnavalet or Musée de lHistoire de Paris focuses on the history of the city of Paris, France. ... Gobelin was the name of a family of dyers, who in all probability came originally from Reims, and who in the middle of the 15th century established themselves in the Faubourg Saint Marcel, Paris, on the banks of the Bièvre. ... Musée du Montparnasse The Musée du Montparnasse is a museum at 21. ...

Near Paris

Versailles: Louis Le Vau opened up the interior court to create the expansive entrance cour dhonneur, later copied all over Europe Monument of Louis XIV in the cour dhonneur Gardens, general view from behind the palace The Château de Versailles —or simply Versailles— is a royal ch... The central range of Fontainebleau The Royal Château of Fontainebleau (in the Seine-et-Marne département), the largest of the French royal châteaux, introduced to France the Italian Mannerist style in interior decoration and in gardens, and transformed them in the translation. ... Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. ...

Vocabulary

French words and expressions dealing with the arts:

  • peinture — painting, paint
    • peinture à l'huile — oil painting
  • tableau — painting
  • toile — canvas
  • gravure — engraving
  • dessin — drawing
  • aquarelle — watercolor
  • croquis — drawing
  • ébauche — drawing
  • crayon — pencil, a pencil drawing
  • paysage — landscape
  • nature morte — still life
  • la peinture d'histoire — "historical" painting

Reference works

  • Anthony Blunt: Art and Architecture in France 1500-1700 ISBN 0300053142
  • André Chastel. French Art Vol I: Prehistory to the Middle Ages ISBN 208013566X
  • André Chastel. French Art Vol II: The Renaissance ISBN 208013583X
  • André Chastel. French Art Vol III: The Ancient Régime ISBN 2080136178

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French art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (335 words)
The visual and plastic arts of France have had an unprecedented diversity -- from the Gothic cathedral of Chartres to Georges de la Tour's night scenes to Monet's "Waterlilies" and finally to Duchamp's radical "Fontaine" -- and have exerted an unparalleled influence on world cultural production.
French Art Vol I: Prehistory to the Middle Ages ISBN 208013566X
French Art Vol III: The Ancient Régime ISBN 2080136178
French art (1860 words)
As the birthplace of the Gothic style, France was a centre for sculpture and manuscript illumination in the Middle Ages, and of tapestry from the 15th century.
French painters of this group are Jean François Millet, Daubigny (1817–1878), and Theodore Rousseau.
Their art is the matrix of a succession of brilliant phases of art from the 1890s, beginning with Symbolism (Odilon Redon, Gustave Moreau, and others) and the group les Nabis.
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