15 Ways to Not Miss Paris This Spring

We love to go to France almost any time -- especially Paris in the Spring. But wanting to go and being able to go are two different things.

There are plenty of reasons why you might not be planning a trip to France just now, including time or cost constraints, or schedule conflicts. Life gets in the way.

If you’re wishing for a French fix, but a trip just isn't going to happen anytime soon, we've selected 15 exhibitions for you, right here in the US, that have a French twist. Any one of them can dispense a sense of la belle France – especially if you wrap up your day at the museum with dinner at a local bistro.

And if you do have a trip to France planned, these exhibitions can build anticipation, or make the experience linger once you're home.

Allons-y!   Presented in order of closing date ... 15 ways to get a flavor of la belle France, right here in the U.S.


Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848-1894), Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877; 

Oil on canvas  212.2 x 276.2 cm (83 1/2 x 108 3/4 in.)

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection


Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

On now, through March 25, 2018

Exhibition features 30 prints by French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists, chosen from the collection of the gallery’s founder Arthur Ross. Includes work by Cézanne, Daumier, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Matisse, Pissarro, and Toulouse-Lautrec, among others.

Henri Matisse, Nadia in Sharp Profile, 1948,  Aquatint

Yale University Art Gallery, The Arthur Ross Collection

© 2017 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, Florida

On through April 8, 2018

Forty-five 19th-century landscape paintings, from the Musée des Beaux Arts in Reims, trace the evolution of landscape painting in France from the romantics to the School of Barbizon, the circle of Honfleur, and up to Impressionism. 

Also: Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

May 12 - August 5, 2018 


Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875), Printemps, la saulaie, undated

Oil on canvas, 40 x 60.5 cm     Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims

If you can't make it to the show, the exhibition catalogue is the next best thing! And if you do go, it's a great way to prepare for your visit, or to return to again and again afterward.

Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

On through April 8, 2018

Also: Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

May 13 2018 - August 19, 2018

More than 100 paintings, sculptures, and drawings explore an alternative view of woman as the equal of men in 18th-century France, including work by a number of women artists.

From refined portraits of young women, images of romance and marriage, depictions of idyllic family life, and portrayals of maturity and old age, to mythological scenes of ideal or despicable female behavior and evocations of women’s creative prowess.

Antoine Vestier (Avallon 1740 - 1824 Paris)

Allegory of the Arts , 1788 , Oil on canvas 

The Horvitz Collection


Art, Design and Architecture Museum at U.C. Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

On through April 29, 2018

26 photographs taken in France are transformed with intense colors, using the latest digital technologies and materials. 

Gottlieb's saturated, unrealistic color is intended to irritate the eye like a grain of sand in an oyster, producing pearls of perception.


Jane Gottlieb, Brancusi Head, 2017, photo-based art, archival dye sublimation print on aluminum, 40 x 60".

5. Moustiers Ceramics

Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw collection

Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City, NY    

On through April 29, 2018

When French nobles were required to melt their silver tableware to fund war efforts (1689 -1709), faience manufacturers were quick to provide ceramic wares.

60 works of 18th-century faience, alongside related prints and textiles, highlight the broad impact of innovative patterning and variety of forms produced in tin-glazed earthenware in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France. 

Moustiers Ceramics; Manufactured by Olérys and Laugier’s pottery factory in the style of Antonio Tempesta Thaw Collection, Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City, New York


Foosaner Art Museum, Melbourne, FL

March 24  - May 19, 2018

100 rare vintage prints from the golden age of French photography, 1900-1940.

Major facets of French photography are surveyed, including architectural views, Surrealist inventions, still lifes, and street theater, by many of the great photographers of the first half of the 20th century.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hyères, 1932. Silver gelatin print.


Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA

Through May 20,2018

Showcases intimate and compelling photographs taken by Paul Child in France between 1948 and 1954. Images include not only those of his as-yet-unknown wife, but architecture, street scenes, river scenes, fishermen, cats and much more, exploring the effects of light and shadow, modernism and abstraction. 

Includes the images selected by Edward Steichen for the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Paul Child, Photo of Julia Child in May, 1952, Paris 


If you can't make it to the show, the exhibition catalogue is the next best thing! And if you do go, it's a great way to prepare in advance for your visit, or to return to again and again afterward.

Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS

February 24 - May 20, 2018

60 paintings, drawings and sculptures present the key artistic movements that emerged in Paris between 1850 to 1950, transforming Western art. 

Impressionism, symbolism, fauvism, cubism, and surrealism are explored, providing firsthand encounters with leading artists who pioneered modernism.


Also: Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

October 5, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Rising Tide at Pourville (Marée montante à Pourville), 1882. Oil on canvas, 26 × 32 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer

If you can't make it to the show, owning the 

exhibition catalogue is the next best thing! 

And if you do go, it's a great way to prepare for your visit, 

or to return to again and again afterward.

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

On through May 27, 2018

Works on paper, from the 1880s to the early 1900s,

capture everyday life in the French capital: its beauty and dynamism, as well as its seedier and less glamorous aspects. 

Featured are Eugène Béjot, Pierre Bonnard, Félix Hilaire Buhot, Edgar Degas, Jean Louis Forain, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Félix Vallotton, and Jacques Villon.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le Divan Japonais, 1893 color lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art

gift of Leon A. Harris, Jr. 1954.139


Abraham Rattner, Autumn, 1938, gouache on paper on board, 20 3/8 x 15 3/8 in., Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, on loan from the St. Petersburg College Foundation, Inc., 1997.1.1.96

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, Florida

On through June 17, 2018

22 works by prominent Parisian artists of the time who influenced Rattner -- as well as art history as a whole -- including Cezanne, Picasso,  Chagall, Joan Miró and others. Also objects from Rattner’s archives, including his sketchbook and 1920 photographs of the home and grounds of Rattner's neighbor, Claude Monet.


Paul Cézanne, Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-1890

oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 

50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

March 25 - July 1, 2018

With some 60 examples of Cézanne's portraits, from collections around the world, this is the first exhibition to provide a full visual account of Paul Cézanne’s portraiture. Explores the pictorial and thematic characteristics of his portraits, the chronological development of his style, and the range and influence of his sitters.


If you can't make it to the show, owning the 

exhibition catalogue is the next best thing! 

And if you do go, it's a great way to prepare for your visit, 

or to return to again and again afterward.

Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

March 17 - July 8, 2018

70+ masterpieces from the 19th- and early-20th-century survey more than 150 years of French art, the exhibition includes Impressionist paintings, works by Romantic masters, and Post-Impressionist and modernist works.

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (Petite danseuse de quatorze ans), model executed ca. 1880; cast in 1922. Bronze with net tutu and hair ribbon. 

38 1/2″H x 141/2″W x 141/4″D; base: 21/4″H x 191/2″W x 12″D. 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. State Operating Fund and the Art Lovers’ Society. 

Photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

March 12 - July 29, 2018

150 works illustrate the horticultural boom that reshaped much of the French landscape during the 19th century. From paintings by the Impressionists to photographs of the era and vases made to display lush bouquets, this presentation provides a fresh, multi-sided perspective on the horticultural revolution that reshaped much of the French landscape.


If you can't make it to the show, the exhibition catalogue is the next best thing! 

And if you do go, it's a great way to prepare in advance for your visit 

or to return to again and again afterward.

The exhibition catalogue, Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, presents masterworks by great Romantic, Impressionist, and early modern artists such as Bonnard, Cassatt, Cézanne, Corot, Daumier, Van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, Monet, and Seurat. Many of these artists were themselves avid gardeners, and they painted parks and gardens as the distinctive scenery of contemporary life. 

Writing from the perspective of both a distinguished art historian and a trained landscape designer, Colta Ives provides new insights not only into these essential works, but also into this extraordinarily creative period in France’s history.

The spectacular transformation of Paris during the 19th century into a city of tree-lined boulevards and public parks both redesigned the capital and inspired the era’s great Impressionist artists. The renewed landscape gave crowded, displaced urban dwellers green spaces to enjoy, while suburbanites and country-dwellers began cultivating their own flower gardens. As public engagement with gardening grew, artists increasingly featured flowers and parks in their work.

Whether or not you go, you can bring the exhibition into your home.

Tap Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence for more information,

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Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

On through July 29th,  2018 

Invented in Munich in 1796, the new printmaking medium of lithography introduced a simpler, faster, and more economical means of producing all types of printed matter. 

More than 120 works survey French lithography, from its establishment in Paris around 1815 through the end of the 19th century, culminating with the rage for large color lithographic posters.

Fernand Gottlob,  2e Exposition des Peintres-Lithographes, 1899; Color lithograph on paper 44 ⅛ x 29 ⅛ in. (112 x 74 cm)

David A. and Mildred H. Morse Art Acquisition Fund 82.022.001 Photo Jack Abraham


NSU Art Museum of Ft. Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL

On through October 14, 2018

This exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse into the rapidly changing society of the turn of the century and life in the new modern city. 

Features drawings, paintings and photographs by William J. Glackens and other American & European artists, along with distinctive architectural designs, furniture, glass, metalwork and silver.

William Glackens, Quatorze Juillet (Fourteenth of July), 1895-1896


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Et voilà! And there you have it … 

a little bit of France, right here at home!