It is a sunny Sunday and the Bois de Boulogne park is full of families and Sunday walkers who enjoy this summer weather. We thought what a perfect day to go the Fondation Louis Vuitton and avoid the usual crowd. Once we arrived in front of the magnificent building designed by Franck Gehry, the crowd is even bigger than usual : the outstanding Samuel Courtaud Collection is an absolute hit ! Let’s be patient, waiting will be rewarding. Inside the Fondation we are facing so many masterpieces. The visitors are flabbergasted by the rarety and opulence of this collection. Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Pissarro, Turner, Seurat, Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec. It’s an impressionist festival !  The biggest masterpieces are here: Le déjeuner sur l’herbe, Bar aux Folies-Bergère, Nevermore, La Loge, La femme se poudrant, L’autoportrait à l’oreille bandée, Jane Avril, Les Joueurs de Cartes among many others…

Rooms and surprises come one after another, masterpieces are mixed with more intimate and less known artworks, artists are living together in a huge and powerful range of colours and breathtaking landscapes, especially the Seine banks which are so close from the Fondation, making the exhibition even more meaningful!

There is one artist among the others we particularly loved: Toulouse Lautrec and his portrait of Jane Avril. This is a fascinating artwork that dives us into a joyful but also melancholic Paris, making us want to go back to these times!

https://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/fr/expositions/exposition/la-collection-courtauld-le-parti-de-l-impressionnisme.html