Special exhibition “Faces of Impressionism: Portraits of the Musee D’Orsay” is in its final week at the Kimbell Art Museum. Exploring French portraiture and sculpture from the late 1850s until the first years of the 20th century, the 74 portraits from the d’Orsay reflect the origins and flowering of one of the world’s most beloved movements.
Road-tripping to Fort Worth to see this rare display, French art history professor Estelle Fonteneau gleefully told me, “I’m getting goose bumps. We’re about to see some of my closest friends!” I had already met some of Estelle’s “friends” on a trip to Paris 17 years ago, but this time I anticipated a more personal encounter. Whether admiring the sensuality of Chagall’s La Bastille or the contained eroticism of the Twilight series (her guilty pleasure), Estelle doesn’t hold back when