Now at le Grand Palais through February 10th: the first ever retrospective  in France devoted to Doménikos Theotokópoulos, aka El Greco, an emblematic 16th century painter and contemporary of Caravaggio. Born in Crete in 1541, Le Gréco made a name for himself in Spain from 1577 and today continues to hold a special place in history of painting. Because his work reflects the teachings of Titian, Tintoretto and Michelangelo’s style into Space, he is considered both the last great master of the Renaissance and the first great painter of the Golden Age.  The exhibition’s curators Guillaume Kientz and Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau show the audacity of the painter’s compositions and highlight his skill as an insatiable inventor of forms. The decor designed by Véronique Dollfus plays on the imposing proportions of the National and South-East Galleries, highlighting the painter’s independent approach to forms and compositions. Organized with the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais, the Musée du Louvre and the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition will be presented in the latter from March 8th to June 21st, 2020. Beaux Arts Magazine and Grand Palais invited an impressive guest list of established artists including Adel Abdessemed, Eva Jospin, Gérard Fromanger, Annette Messager, Yan Pei-Ming and Théodore Fivel to immerse themselves in paintings nearly five hundred years old before ending the visit with a cocktail-filled soirée at the heart of the exhibition. 

Photos: Jean Picon
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