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Thursday, June 23, 2011

French it up in Memphis

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 4:18 PM

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The Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis opens its exhibit "Jean-Louis Forain: La Comedie Francaise" with special events Saturday and Sunday, including a black-tie opening gala with the great-granddaughter of Forain and Priscilla Presley, just to name a couple, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the official opening at 1 p.m. Sunday, with a 4 p.m. lecture by that great-granddaughter, Mme. Florence Valdes-Forain and a reception for members from 5 to 7 p.m.

You can brush up on your Forain at the Arts Center tomorrow night at the Au Revoir party — there's a drawing by the artist as well as a drawing of the artist by Vuillard — before dashing over to Memphis.

The exhibition will include 125 paintings, pastels, prints and decorative objects, the Dixon news release says; the Dixon itself owns 60 works by Forain.

It will be quite a year for Impressionist paintings in the South. The Brooks Museum in Memphis is hosting its own show, "The Impressionist Revolution," opening July 16. If you buy a ticket to either the Brooks or Dixon exhibits, you get in the other free.

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