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Monday, May 21, 2012

A Parisian Affair: The Art of Andre Renoux opens tomorrow at the Polasek

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Through Sept. 23 – A Parisian Affair: The Art of Andre Renoux

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park

407-647-6294

polasek.org

$5

He was known as the “father of urban realism,” and through his paintings, Algerian-born-turned-Parisian artist Andre Renoux depicted everyday streetscapes of a 1960s City of Light. His works trade the postcard-perfect Eiffel Tower backdrop for back-alley corners, sidewalk produce stands, storefront sweepers and table-side window views. Our appreciation lies in how Renoux took an alt-approach to capturing one of the most romantic cities in the world – if he painted our most touristy city, it would be an oil-on-canvas of Will’s Pub instead of Cinderella’s wistful castle. See the difference yourself, as the Polasek houses a collection of the famed painter’s works – original oil paintings, lithographs and hand-painted wine bottles – throughout the summer, and offers guests a chance to sketch their own masterpiece inspired by Renoux’s city scenes. – Aimee Vitek

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