Claudia Barbieri Childs

Sea change: how a trip to the Riviera with Renoir changed Monet's painting

A summer blockbuster at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum will examine a pivotal moment in the Impressionist's career

Beyond Picasso: the other Guernicas are brought together for exhibition in northern France

Artist responses to the 1937 bombing in the Basque Country include René Iché's disturbing sculpture and a piece by protégé of Henri Matisse

A bigger splash: France's expanded La Piscine museum reopens after makeover

Former Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix dives into Modern French sculpture

Frank Cohen’s collection goes on the block down under

Sale at Mossgreen in Melbourne has Asian contemporary focus and aims to appeal to expatriate community

Design auctions buck the downward trend

Expanded access via online platforms has boosted the market for the masters of Modernist furniture

Renoir’s restored home becomes a museum

The French Impressionist’s former summer residence in Essoyes opens to the public in June after a major overhaul of its gardens and fin-de-siècle interiors

Salon du Dessin bucks the trend of Paris fairs with a boost in attendance and strong sales

More than 13,000 visitors came out to see and buy works on paper at the six-day event

Rodin's mistress Camille Claudel steps out of sculptor’s shadow with a museum of her own

French artist’s former home displays the rare works she did not destroy after their tragic affair ended

What does the election mean for France’s art market?

The country’s presidential election on 7 May could strengthen or derail the trade, with the emergence of far-right contender Marine Le Pen a particular cause for concern

Eiffel Tower to get a €300m facelift

The 15-year plan is intended to bolster Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games and 2025 World’s Fair

Qianlong seal scooped up by Chinese collector for €21m at Paris auction

The object, owned by one of China’s longest serving emperors, sold for more than 20 times its estimate

Sex sells: Paris’s Musée de l’Érotisme collection hits the auction block

The museum in the Pigalle red light district closed its doors, but you can take home one of its naughty objects

Kader Attia wins France's prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize

All four shortlisted artists share a dual cultural identity—a clear political statement by the jury at a time of rising nationalism and tensions over immigration

Cécile Bernard appointed general manager of Sotheby’s France

The Old Master specialist is a strong advocate of online business development and of promoting Paris as an international marketplace

Artist transforms French cathedral treasury into an Aladdin’s cave of colour

Jean-Michel Othoniel used his trademark coloured beads to create an immersive environment

Marie Antoinette’s personal china among Versailles treasures to travel to Australia

The largest ever loan show organised outside France will feature more than 100 objects from the historic royal palace

Louvre-Lens to restore Le Brun lost after the French Revolution

Painting of Christ once owned by the Sun King went missing for 200 years and was almost completely obscured by age and layers of dirt

Doctors without Borders to sell rare Duchamp nude at Paris auction to fund its field operations

The painting was recently classified as a National Treasure, however, which means it cannot leave France

St Michael the Archangel takes flight

A 19th-century statue from Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy was airlifted from its perch above the island abbey to be restored

Who will lead the Musée d’Orsay?

Some staff question president Guy Cogeval's fitness to keep the post