The "Young Talent" initiative, supported by the Crédit Agricole d'Ile-de-France and the Fondation du Crédit Agricole - Pays de France, is central to the restoration policy for large and medium format Academic paintings, established by the Musée d'Orsay in 2016. This approach directly reflects the mutualist values of responsibility and solidarity of our sponsors, as well as the commitments of the museum to the restoration programme and to young visitors.
One of the aims of this initiative is to give students trained in the artistic professions the opportunity for a unique experience working alongside curators and restorers at the Musée d'Orsay. Institutions based in the Ile-de-France region, like the INP, will be able to take advantage of this initiative to support the transition from academic training to the professional world.
One of these "young talents" recounts "I had the chance to take advantage of this programme in a renowned institution like the Musée d'Orsay. I was able, throughout these weeks, to observe the paintings restorers working on masterpieces from the collection. The knowledge I gained in this programme, ranging from restoration techniques to the principles of public tendering will be of use to me throughout my future professional life."
In addition, the museum is organising a Masterclass on the restoration of the painting Charge of Artillery of the Imperial Guard in Traktir in Crimea, 16 August 1855 by Adolf Schreyer. This brand new initiative aims to take students from training courses linked to art restoration and show them what goes on behind the scenes in this special profession. In the course of this work experience, the students will have the opportunity to assist the restorers in their work on the canvases, and to further their knowledge of the subject and the techniques involved.
The Musée d'Orsay offers its warmest thanks to all its sponsors for their strong commitment and their enthusiasm which have contributed to the restoration of iconic artworks: