18 October 2012

Portraits in Time

In the exhibition’s rotunda are, left to right, portraits of writer Pierre Louÿs, collector Count Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac, novelist Marcel Proust, author Maurice Barrès, and artist Paul Baignères. The decor of the show was conceived by interior decorator Jacques Grange and set designer Nathalie Crinière. Photo courtesy of the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent

If you happen to be in Paris over the next few months, it would behoove you to spent some quality time at 5 avenue Marceau, home to the Fondation Pierre Bergé—Yves Saint Laurent.

The foundation's latest exhibition is a evocative multi-room tribute to Belle Époque painter Jacques-Émile Blanche, who served as one of the inspirations for the artist Elstir in Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu.

 To read my take on the show, which opened last week and was decorated by Jacques Grange, click here.