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“Paris 1874, inventing impressionism”: the new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay

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Through a captivating exhibition, the Musée d'Orsay celebrates 150 years of Impressionism. Entitled “Paris 1874, inventing impressionism”, this exhibition-event will highlight the greatest masterpieces of this revolutionary artistic movement.

Here is a must-see exhibition to see this spring! Of March 26 to July 14, 2024, Musée d'Orsay this “Paris 1874, inventing impressionism”. This is an ideal opportunity to discover or rediscover nearly 130 works belonging to this exceptional artistic movement.

The exhibition thus retraces the emergence of an artistic movement in a changing world. Among the greatest Parisian artists, we find Degas, Renoir, Cezanne… and of course Claude Monet, famous for being the pioneer of impressionism with his painting “Impression, rising sun”, painted in 1872.

“What they seem to be looking for above all is the impression”

Paris 1874 inventing impressionism
Dance class – Degas

For the record, 150 years ago, April 15, 1874, mark the opening in Paris of the first impressionist exhibition. Indeed, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Sisley as well as Cézanne, among others, decided to organize their own exhibition outside the official circuits. So impressionism was born !

The exhibition presented at Musée d'Orsay immerses visitors in the circumstances that led these artists to come together to exhibit their works together. In a post-war context, After the Franco-German War of 1870 and a violent civil war, these artists thus rethought their art and explored new paths.

This small group of “rebels” then began to paint scenes of the modern way and bright landscapes, captured outdoors with a quick brushstroke and light tones. The exhibition then puts into perspective a selection of works presented during the impressionist exhibition of 1874 with paintings and sculptures on display at the same time at the official Salon. This unique confrontation allows us to relive the visual shock of the works exhibited by the Impressionists, while providing nuances through parallels and overlaps unexpected events between the first impressionist exhibition as well as the official Salon.

Musée d'Orsay – Esplanade Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, 75007 Paris

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