Paris

Manet would recognise it: the Jardin des Tuileries

Seeing Paris through Impressionist eyes

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The spectre of the Charlie Hebdo killings still hangs over Paris. Outside the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, opposite the…

Portrait of the week

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Home The man seen in several Islamic State videos of hostages being beheaded, nicknamed Jihadi John by the British press,…

The dark comedy of the Senate torture report

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Like many journalists, I’m a bit of a know-it-all — when information is touted as ‘new’, especially in government reports,…

Cybersex is a dangerous world (especially for novelists)

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Few first novels are as successful as S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, which married a startling and unusual…

Let’s all become Japanese for a while

17 January 2015 9:00 am

This is a good time to write about a nation’s resilience in the face of calamity. I am referring to…

Better than Leslie Caron: Leanne Cope (Lise) and the company in ‘An American in Paris’

An American in Paris: a zingy new Wheeldon dance-musical that you won’t want to miss

3 January 2015 9:00 am

A new year must start with hope and resolution, and if you’re very rich, with influence in the highest places,…

Outsize origami: Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton

Le French bashing has spread to France. Are things really that bad?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The popular sport has spread to France. Are things really that bad, wonders Jonathan Meades

Haunted by the Holocaust: Three novellas by Patrick Modiano

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Earlier this year Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature ‘for the art of memory with which he has…

Martha Graham and Bertram Ross in Graham’s most famous work ‘Appalachian Spring’ (1944), with a prize-winning score by Aaron Copeland

To call this offering a book is an abuse of language

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I picked up this book with real enthusiasm. Who cannot be entranced by those 20 years after the second world…

Andrew Roberts’s diary: Just who’s the despot here – Napoleon or Paxman?

1 November 2014 9:00 am

To the British embassy in Paris for a colloquium on ‘Napoleon and Wellington in War and Peace’ organised by our…

Hye-Youn Lee as Violetta in ‘La traviata’

Opera North’s Coronation of Poppea: a premium-rate sex-line of an opera

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Virtue, hide thyself! The Coronation of Poppea opens with a warning and closes with a love duet for a concubine…

My first Arc de Triomph was a triumph

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Aboard our coach from Rouen to Paris for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe our lady guide put it succinctly:…

Anthony Horowitz’s diary: Keeping James Bond’s secrets for the Smersh of publishing

11 October 2014 9:00 am

It was quite fun being named as the new writer of 007 — although actually I’d make a lousy spy.…

Paul Rosenberg with a Matisse painting in the 1930s

Picasso’s dealer

4 October 2014 9:00 am

When she was four, Anne Sinclair had her portrait painted by Marie Laurencin. It is a charming picture, a little…

The camera always lies

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Stephen Bayley explores how the camera shapes our relationship with architecture

‘Moonrise and Pale Dancer’ by Derek Hyatt

The man who brought Cubism to New York

20 September 2014 9:00 am

The American Jewish artist Max Weber (1881–1961) was born in Belostok in Russia (now Bialystok in Poland), and although he…

The Russian literary celebrity who begged Tolstoy to spare Prince Andrei

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya was a literary celebrity in pre-revolutionary St Petersburg. She chose the pen-name ‘Teffi’ because it was androgynous,…

Portrait of Jeanne Duval by Edouard Manet

The breasts that launched Les Fleurs du Mal

21 June 2014 8:00 am

This novel is based on the life of Charles Baudelaire and the relationship he enjoyed — or endured — with…

Robert Harris’s diary: My accidental war with Tony Blair

14 June 2014 8:00 am

To Paris, for the launch of the French edition of my novel about the Dreyfus affair. As we land, I…

Edward VII, portrayed in the French press hurrying across the Channel to the delights of Paris

The Paris of Napoleon III was one big brothel – which is why the future Edward VII loved it

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Stephen Clarke lives in Paris and writes book with titles such as 1,000 Years of Annoying the French. Dirty Bertie…

Recent crime fiction

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Louise Welsh rarely repeats herself, a quality to celebrate in a crime novelist. Her latest novel, A Lovely Way to…

From Göring to Hemingway, via Coco Chanel – the dark glamour of the Paris Ritz at war

19 April 2014 9:00 am

In Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen did a good job of showing how foolish it is to be obsessed by…

Gay Paree: food, feuds and phalluses – I mean, fallacies

15 March 2014 9:00 am

In his preface to The Joy of Gay Sex (revised and expanded third edition), Edmund White praises the ‘kinkier’ aspects…

First novels: When romance develops from an old photograph

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The intensely lyrical Ghost Moth is set in Belfast in 1969, as the Troubles begin and when Katherine, housewife and…

Marble portrait of Augustus, c.40 BC

What Emperor Augustus left us

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Roderick Conway Morris on the influence and legacy of Augustus