Evening in Paris.

Evening is the most important part of day in Paris and without a doubt, the most beautiful part of it. It is difficult to spend the whole evening at home in this city. Don’t even try…

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1.  The Louvre.

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2.  Saint-Germain of Auxerrois Church.

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3.  Notre Dame Cathedral.

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4.  The Latin Quarter. The Sorbonne.

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5.  The Boulevard Saint-Michel.

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6.  The Boulevard Saint-Germain.

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7.  Place Vendôme.

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8.  Rue de l’Échelle.

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9.  Avenue de l’Opera.

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10.  Hotel du Louvre.

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_DSC0618 11.  Place Colette.

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12.  Rue Saint-Honore.

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13.  …number five until midnight…

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14.  Rue Saint-Honore. A street cafe.

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15. The tea room of “Cafés Verlet”.

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16.  Rue Royale.

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17.  Rue Saint-Honore. The entrance gate of the Elysée Palace.

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18.  The entrance gate of the Elysée Palace seen from Rue de Miromesnil.

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19.  The Eiffel Tower at night.

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2014. Happy New Year!

Dear readers of the journal “Russian Art & Paris”, we thank you for your everyday presence, for your letters and your thoughtful comments. We sincerely wish you and your family success and happiness in 2014!

Happy New Year!

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“RUSSIAN ART & PARIS”. STATISTICAL TABLE OF VIEWS.

PA&P-STATS-1-2014

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Salon “Art en Capital” 2013, (Paris)

THE EXHIBITION OF THE SALON “ART EN CAPITAL” 2013

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Art en Capital was born in 2006 out of a desire by the “historic Salons of the Grand Palais” and by artists of differing approaches to focus on their differences, to join forces in order to create this unifying and innovative event. So for the last eight years, the Salon Comparaisons, Société des Artistes Français (Society of French Artists), Société des Artistes Indépendants (Society of Independent Artists) and the Salon du Dessin et de la peinture à l’eau (Drawing and Watercolour Salon) have come together under the glass roof of the Grand Palais. With over 40,000 visitors every year and up to 2,500 established or emerging artists exhibiting at the Grand Palais, Art en Capital has become part of the French and international art scene.

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The state of contemporary fine art is one of the most intriguing mysteries of the cultural landscape surrounding us. What happens within it? Is there logic and meaning in the chaotic variety of the quests of modern artists? Is it even possible to use the word quest in defining the desire to find ground beneath ones feet? All these questions, having arisen in the last decades, quite naturally come to mind in the huge hall of Grand Palais, at the exhibition of the Salon ’13.
•  The witty photo collage by Francois Chery on the theme of the painting “Rainy Day” by Gustave Caillebotte may well serve as a visual epigraph for the presented exposition. The meaning of this collage is obvious – Paris is Paris and the Parisians are Parisians, despite the change of surroundings. This is true, however our way of life changes, our thoughts and emotions change, and with them the painting language changes as well. The search for a new visual language that adequately reflects our time is a constant and unchanging task for an artist of any era, and such creativity is collective. In the case that this quest is successfully allowed, there may arise an artistic phenomenon, distinguishable as a style. This sequence – from language to style – cannot be disrupted. Style does not arise from individual creativity, even for a brilliant artist. First, a new language must arise. However, there is one caveat – “new language” does not mean “new alphabet.” Letters remain the same – A, B, and so on, until the last character – everything that can be called basic education.
•  In the exhibition at the Grand Palais, such technique is certainly present. Salon 2013 as a whole looks stronger and more interesting than last year’s exhibition. The many years of work by the jury, focused on screening weaker artworks, is beginning to bear quite tangible results – the exhibition has acquired features of a professionally oriented exposure with clear genre-based blocks of artworks. All this positively distinguished Salon 2013 from the tendentious chaos of the last FIAC. The negative sides are the common ones of contemporary fine art: insufficient high culture of working with color; weak compositional structure; misunderstanding of the difference between meaning and content.
•  The spectators – a passive, but an influential part of the art world, deserve special mention. There were many of them and there was no sense that this is an arbitrary audience. The concentration of viewers around the most interesting art pieces is a good indicator of artistic culture. Against this background, what seemed rather amusing was the lack of attention from the French press. Critics have for too long served as advertising agents and have apparently become accustomed to this function. And in fact, is it worth expressing ones opinion, if no one has made an advance payment for it? Nevertheless the art of painting, though it is not too fast, still returns under the arches of the Grand Palais. ©

by Russian Art & Paris

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1.  Grand Palais.

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2.  Exhibition hall.

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3.  The vernissage.

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4.  Exhibition hall. View from above.

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5. Inside the exhibition halls.

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6. The artistic town.

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7.  This is 224th salon. The historic section.

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8.  The historic section.

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9.  “Hommage a Gustave Caillebotte” by Francois Chery, (France)

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10. Viewers and artworks. “Efertiti”  by Tompep, (Spain)

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11.  “Le cerceau”.

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12.  “Homme”  by Milen, (France)

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13. “Thishbe au couvre-feu”  by Yoran Lucas, (France)

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14.  “Autoportrait”  by Patrick Rouquette, (France)

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15.  “Portrait de Gandhi”  by Martine Vaugel, (France)

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16. ” The Dream”  by Vladimir Shichkov, (Russia)

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17.  “Snowfall”  by Aleksandr Fayvisovich, (USA)

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18.  “La Venus en torsion”  by Robert Righino, (France)

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19.  Etchings by Vitaly Gubarev, (Russia)

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20.  Etchings by Leonid Stroganov, (Russia)

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21.  …

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22.  “Bonsoir, Vincent!”  by Alena Filippova-Kargalskaya, (Russia)

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23.  “The  blizzard”  by Evgeni Yali, (Russia)

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24.  ”Secrets of black snowflakes”  by Anastasia Vostrezova, (Russia)

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25.  “Napoleon”  by Stephane Santi, (France)

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26.  “Shichi”  by Toshikazu Minegishi, (Japon)

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27.  “Yomito 13”  by Yoshiaki Tsutsui, (Japan)

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28. Artist M. Horrie (left);  Artist S. Prischedko (right).

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29.  “Sommeil d’amour”  by Catherine Roch, (France)

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30.  “La pudeur”  by Ochakov, (France)

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31.  “La nuit saturienne”  by Laurent Navarre, (France)

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32.  “Gekka-Bijin”  by Tadamichi Tsuzuki, (Japon)

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33.  “Les Arums et 3 pommes”  by Yuichi Ono, (France)

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34.  “Fleurs et fruits”  by Sashiko Yoshida, (Japon)

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36.  “Cent paysages de Yokohama”  by Kenji Goukon, (Japon)

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37.  “Vauxhall Bridge road”  by Simon Lacoudre, (France)

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38.  Hall of the Grand Palais.

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39. The “Russian Art & Paris” Editor Ekaterina Semeniouk and artists Vitaly Gubarev, Aleksandr Fayvisovich, Alena Filippova-Kargalskaya meet with a Swiss impresario Ludmila Petrova (left).

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40. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées at night.

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Paris in December

_DSC1305-21.  Paris in December.  Montmartre is always green…

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_DSC13083.  All roads are going uphill.

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_DSC13124.  The Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre.

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_DSC13115.  The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

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_DSC13176.  The view from the butte.

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_DSC13229.  …but music is still alive – street accordion…

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_DSC133311.  The lights at Place Pigalle are still red…

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_DSC136512. …as well as still bright lights are at night of Champs-Elysees.

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_DSC134314.  The Citroën showroom.

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_DSC136215.  Champs-Élysées at night.

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_DSC138517.  Paris at night.

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_DSC138718.  Night lights.

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Russian Artists of the Salon “Art en Capital” 2013, (Paris)

ART EN CAPITAL 2013

Will take place from
WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER to SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER 2013 at the GRAND
PALAIS DES CHAMPS ELYSÉES

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In 2013, Salon “Art En Capital” invites you to discover over 650 artists from all over the world.
They exhibit their works in five disciplines: painting, sculpture, architecture, the graphic arts and photography.

The journal “Russian Art & Paris” introduces artworks of Russian artists selected by the Jury of Salon “Art en Capital” for exhibition of 2013 year. 

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Vitaly Gubarev  “Baikal”  Etching. (23×59 cm)

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Vitaly Gubarev  “Comfield”  Etching. (29×42 cm)

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Vitaly Gubarev  “Blooming meadow”  Etching. (30×37 cm)

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Evgeni Yali  “The  blizzard”  Oil on Canvas. (70 x 80 cm)

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Alena Filippova-Kargalskaya  “Bonsoir, Vincent!”  Oil on Canvas. (90 x 70 cm)

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Vladimir Shichkov  “The Dream”  Oil on Canvas. (60 x 70 cm)

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Anastasia Vostrezova  “Secrets of black snowflakes”  Oil on Canvas. (100 x 80 cm)

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Aleksandr Fayvisovich  “Snowfall”  Oil on Canvas. (92 x 92 cm)

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Leonid Stroganov  “The merchant of Venice”  Etching. (42 x 28 cm)

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Leonid Stroganov  “The courtesan”  Etching. (42 x 28 cm)

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Leonid Stroganov  “Shell”  Etching. (41 x 56 cm)

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FIAC 2013, (Paris)

FOIRE INTERNATIONALE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN (FIAC) 2013,  OCTOBER 24-27

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For its 40th edition, the International Contemporary Art Fair – FIAC, a major showcase for artistic creation, continues to develop, and confirms its status as a leading international art fair. FIAC 2013 at the Grand Palais features over 180 galleries from 25 countries, presenting modern art, contemporary art and emerging trends. At the same time, with its external cultural programme, FIAC demonstrates its desire to strengthen its identity over the long term by presenting an ensemble of outdoor works, series of lectures, performances and screenings of artists’ films in the most prestigious settings in the heart of Paris.

FIAC is distinguished, among the major international fairs, by its strong national contingent and its distinctive European flavour: 30% of the exhibitors are French compared to Frieze London which presents 25% of galleries from Great Britain; FIAC is made up by 73% of European galleries compared to 54% at Art Basel in Switzerland. France is represented by 55 galleries, followed by the United States with 33 galleries, Germany with 22 galleries, Italy with 13 galleries, the United Kingdom with 12 galleries, Belgium with 11 galleries and Switzerland and Brazil with 5 galleries respectively. New countries represented this year include Canada, Ireland and the Czech Republic. 35 galleries are participating for the first time or are returning to FIAC after a period of absence.

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Sitting with a glass of a refreshing beverage in hand (rhymes with Brouilly) at my favorite Paris cafe, my thoughts turned to my visit to FIAC, the great Paris art fair, now celebrating its 40th year. Finally, on Saturday, I went to FIAC, paid my 35 Euro (yikes!) entry fee, which did include a ride on the Seine Batobus, (note, no waiting for cash) and decided to see what ”normal people” thought of the fair. First of all, Jennifer Flay did a wonderful job, FIAC looked wonderful, and the Grand Palais is, as always, an inspiring place to see art.  Of course it was hot, with all of the lights, and the sun shining so I was fortunate there was plenty of my favorite refreshing beverage (rhymes with champagne) on hand. Lots of young folks there (always a good sign, because where would we all be without the next generation of collectors). Not so many red dots… although as we all know, that doesn’t always mean so much.
•  This year, I didn’t see so many things that made me think “I have to have that”. But there were a number of stand-outs. Internationalism? Not so much. There were a couple of galleries from China, none from Africa, Canada, few from South America, Russia. Lots from Europe and some from America.
•  The FIAC crowds were happy, buzzing, taking photos… but there wasn’t much for them to buy – a problem always at art fairs. Basel in past years solved this problem with a small group of “editions” and a photography section. Your average young (or not so young) collector is not going home with a large (expensive) installation or a 40,000€ sculpture. Sitting at the cafe in the fair, talking with people who had seen much – or all – of the fair, the demand is there – clearly. Most people were happy to talk about work they had and work they liked…and I got the clear feeling that if there had been more affordable work, there would have been more – a lot more – red dots. But art fairs now have become so expensive to exhibit in, that galleries now bring their best (read expensive) work. ”Young” fairs, like Slick, next door on the Seine, have tried to show ”young galleries” with more affordable work. But nobody I spoke to had been there, or was planning to… lack of time, additional fee (10€), and I admit, I didn’t go myself for the same reason. FIAC can’t really expand – lack of space in the Grand Palais – so it will be interesting to see what solution they find.  And I can’t wait to see what they come up with… with a refreshing beverage in hand.

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Jennifer Flay, leading the FIAC for the past ten years, does not like the word “crisis”, yet this unsaid word is present in the vast and rich exhibition beneath the glass arches of the Grand Palais. Despite the price of € 525 per square meter there is barely any free space, however compared to last year the fair seems much more predictable, if not boring. Gallery owners do not come to you with discoveries, but prefer to bet on proven names. Nearly every exhibition booth contains artworks that would make any provincial museum of contemporary art quite happy, but they are priced like St. Petersburg State Hermitage masterpieces.

by Maria Sidelnikova and Aleksey Tarhanov, “Kommersant”.

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1.  Grand Palais.

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2.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13

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3.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13

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4.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13

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5.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13

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6.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Ai Weiwei.

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7.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist David Altmejd.

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8.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Jaume Plensa.

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9.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Yeesookyung.

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10.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13

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11.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist James Lee Byars.

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12.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Thomas Schütte.

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13.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist John De Andrea.

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14.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Yoshitomo Nara.

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15.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13

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16.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Loris Gréaud.

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17.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Alain Bublex.

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18.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13

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19.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest.

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20.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Markus Schinwald.

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21.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13

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22.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Katharina Grosse.

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23.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Renos Xippas.

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24.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Albert Oehlen.

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25.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13. Artist Georg Baselitz.

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26.  Grand Palais. FIAC ’13

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Apart from the major exhibition at the Grand Palais, there are several exhibitions of arts and performances at Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes, Place Vendome, Banks of Seine – FIAC 2013.

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Paris at the beginning of Fine Art Season ’13

Paris is never boring… Unlock the poetic charm of autumn in Paris at the beginning of major art salons through the lens of photographer Vladimir Bazan.

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From the Centre Georges Pompidou.

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Chopin in the Luxembourg Gardens.

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Marc Chagall. Centre Georges Pompidou.

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Edgar Dega. Museum D’Orsay.

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Montmartre.  Cafe.

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Boulevard Haussmann.

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La Maison Rose.

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Photo essay by photographer Vladimir Bazan.

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