Jardin du Luxembourg

Right in the middle of Paris is the Jardin du Luxembourg , where the people from the surrounding residential areas spend their time, especially in the spring and summer. © Astrid Volquardsen The chess players can be found right next … Read More

Paris – Academie de Grand Chaumiere

In Paris there still are open art academies like the Academie de Grand Chaumiere. You can enroll for a couple of weeks, days or just for a couple of hours. All you have do to is to show up and … Read More


LES DEUX MAGOTS, Sketchbook, 19,5 x 14 cm, 2012 © Astrid Volquardsen Relaxed sketching in the streets of Paris. People are crowding the bistros, some of them kind of show offs, other for a relaxed reading in a newspaper and … Read More

Degas and the nude – exhibition in Paris

Right now there is an exhibition about Degas and the nude at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. It shows Degas development from the traditional nude as a classical training to a modern depiction of everyday women in their private surroundings. … Read More


Skizzenbuch, 2010 © Astrid Volquardsen On the second day in Paris it was raining, but even then the city showed it’s somehow charming side. On a boat ride along the Seine I did some quick sketches. The other one was … Read More

Monet retrospective in Paris

2010 © Astrid Volquardsen I went to Paris last weekend to see the great Monet exhibition, which is on display at the Grand Palais. They were able to get hold of over 200 paintings, from all over the world. The … Read More

Lafayette in Paris

© Astrid Volquardsen © Astrid Volquardsen As I looked trough my photos of Paris, these ones catched my eye again. I’m not exactly a shopping girl, but this interior of the department store Lafayette even impressed me. And now imagine … Read More