Photographer François Halard recently had an exhibition which was compiled into an accompanying book entitled Visite Privée. The collection of photographs of artists and their studios include Cy Twombly, Julian Schnabel, Carlos Mollino, Ahn Duong, Richard Avedon, Paul Cezanne, Robert Rauschenberg, and others. My favorite space is of course Mr. Hallard's own home in Arles, France. There is a great story in Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People about how he wasn't intending to buy a home but fell in love with its "melancholy spell." He spent years restoring the home and filled it with many pieces he already owned in storage including the Louis XVI lit a la polonaise canopy bed from the antiquaire Compoglio. I've included photos from both books here but unfortunately Visite Privée seems to only be available in Europe. A reason to hop on a plane to Paris if I ever saw one but if that's not possible, you can also check out the rest of the artists online. À tout à l'heure!
Photos by François Halard