Ten of the Most Famous Sculptures by Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a French sculptor who has long been hailed as a modern-day Michelangelo. His body of work includes some of the most renowned sculptures in Western art, such as The Thinker, The Kiss and The Age of Bronze. By the beginning of the 20th century Auguste Rodin had achieved fame throughout the world, and a museum dedicated to his artwork was even … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Sculptures by Auguste Rodin

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David was a pioneer of the neoclassical art movement, and France’s most acclaimed painter at the peak of his career. He rose to fame in the 1780s with his Salon paintings of classical subjects, including the famed The Oath of the Horatii. However, he is also remembered for his role in the French Revolution, particularly in its most extreme and violent phase. He was … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Jacques-Louis David

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Henri Rousseau

Best known for his jungle paintings, Henri Rousseau (1844 – 1910) was very much an outsider in the art world. He was a self-taught artist, and didn’t paint in the traditional academic style of the Salon and French Academy. Rather, his artwork expressed an untrained style, featuring bold colours and flat figures. This style became known as “naïve” or “primitive”, and although it was often … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Henri Rousseau

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne (1836-1906) was a Post-Impressionist painter who is most well-known for his landscapes of Aix-en-Provence and Estaque, still life paintings, and depictions of peasants smoking pipes and playing cards. He did exhibit his paintings with the Impressionists, but eventually felt that their artwork had a lack of structure – he declared that he wanted to “make of Impressionism something solid and durable like the … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Paul Cézanne

Five of the Most Spectacular Gothic Cathedrals in France

Situated all over the country and by no means confined to Paris, French Gothic cathedrals are some of the greatest in Europe. These buildings are hallmarks of the Gothic architectural style, which evolved from the Romanesque period. They place emphasis on height and natural light, usually incorporating pointed arches, ribbed vaulting, exuberant stonework, and flying buttresses into their design. As well as being great achievements … Continue reading Five of the Most Spectacular Gothic Cathedrals in France

Ten of the Most Famous Classic French Novels

For many centuries, France has had a high reputation in European intellectual culture, and its literature is no exception. French authors have produced works known around the world, pioneered and reinvented genres, and explored everything from marriage to revolution. Our list of ten of the most famous French classics includes novels from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. These books have all been written … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Classic French Novels

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir once remarked “Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.” It’s not surprising then, that most of his paintings depict the delights of modern life: dancing, theatre, boating, dining, bathing, and music. Originally, he painted these scenes in an Impressionist style, and was in fact a leading member of the movement. However, in the 1880s, he shifted away … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a French artist who is most celebrated for his scenes of contemporary life: he depicted ballerinas, laundresses, women in millinery shops, and those at the bottom of Parisian society. Although he preferred to call himself a “Realist” or an “Independent”, Degas exhibited his paintings with the Impressonists, and is often grouped with them. His artwork formed a bridge between academic tradition … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Edgar Degas

Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Claude Monet

Claude Monet (1840-1926) was one of France’s most renowned and popular painters. His Impressionist paintings, including the iconic water lilies series, are some of the most recognisable of the movement, and still enjoy much admiration today. His body of work is vast and filled with masterpieces, but here’s our pick of ten of his best. Impression, Sunrise (1872) This painting by Claude Monet famously inspired … Continue reading Ten of the Most Famous Paintings by Claude Monet