In accordance with the amended decree no. 2003-1300 of 26 December 2003 creating the Public Establishment of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie and in particular Articles 2 and 22.
The Musée d'Orsay is one of the great national museums of France. Since its creation in 1986 it has played a considerable role in the rediscovery of 19th century art.
Its scientific teams have worked in collaboration with curators and universities in many countries; its research department and its library are visited by thousands of researchers every year. The museum curators are frequently involved both in monitoring the work of young researchers and with their examiners. These theses often achieve little recognition.
In this context, the Musée d'Orsay awards an annual prize to enable the publication of a manuscript of particular merit for research into aspects of art between 1848 and 1914.
Eligible theses will be works on the history of art relating to the major art forms of the period (painting, sculpture, decorative arts, architecture, photography), works that their authors wish to see published.
They may approach these subjects from a variety of perspectives: monograph; artistic trends; discipline, technique or form of expression; iconography, iconology; creative process; circumstances of artistic production and relationships with commissioners and artistic milieu; history of collections, history of taste; history of the discipline, institutions, etc.
The Prize is awarded to a thesis examined by a university (French or equivalent level abroad), by the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales or the Ecole des Chartes. A post-graduate thesis from the Ecole du Louvre is also eligible.
Older manuscripts – under five years – are accepted, unless their publication value has been substantially diminished by subsequent publications.
Please note that employees of the EPMO, at whatever level, are not authorised to present their theses.
The prize jury is made up of five members, and is chaired by the director of the museum or by a museum curator whom he has duly delegated to represent him.
If the director of the museum is not an art historian (heritage curator or university professor), the jury will be chaired by the chief curator of the museum.
The jury will include two curators, one of whom will be from the Musée d'Orsay, and two academics. At least one member of the jury will be of non-French nationality. The director of the museum chooses the members. Any of these persons may be a member on several occasions, but may not remain a member for longer than five consecutive years.
Each member of the jury receives a copy of the published thesis.
Members not resident in Paris receive travel and accommodation expenses, in line with the provisions of the current regulations.
1) Candidates are invited to present themselves in a letter, according to the provisions in Article 6, addressed to the director of the Public Establishment of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie, together with the documents specified below, including three copies of the manuscript.
The thesis must be presented as examined, accompanied by the jury's report, the summary written at the time of submission, a list of the author's publications and a note from the author indicating how the manuscript would be revised for publication (the publication must not exceed 1 million characters). All appendices must be submitted in five copies.
One of the three copies of the manuscript will be retained by the museum; in return, each author will receive a lump sum of €200 by way of expenses. The remaining copies will be returned to their authors.
The copy retained by the museum will be placed in the archives.
Furthermore, the candidate must indicate, in a letter accompanying the manuscript:
2) Each member of the jury grades the theses received in order of eligibility. Consideration of the entries takes place in camera. The details are recorded in the minutes and signed by every member. The winner is decided by the director of the Public Establishment of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie.
In exceptional circumstances, if a second thesis is judged to be excellent, a special prize of €1,000 may be awarded, without support for publication, to the second placed thesis.
If the jury decides that none of the manuscripts is acceptable, they may choose the second placed thesis from the previous year.
The Prize has a value of €10,000, paid directly to the winner, made up of a €1,000 prize and a sum of €9,000 towards publication of the document.
It is the responsibility of the winner to find a publisher for his/her thesis (in printed and possibly in electronic form). The sum provided for publication will only be paid once the author provides proof of acceptance by a publisher for the winning manuscript.
Twenty complimentary copies of the published thesis will be sent to the EPMO. The published thesis will carry the wording "Prix du Musée d'Orsay", with the museum logo on the title page.
The Prize is awarded every year in the spring.
The submission date for manuscripts, generally set for December, is announced on the museum's website and in the Revue du musée d'Orsay. An announcement will also be made in the arts press.
All correspondence must be addressed to the director of the Public Establishment of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie, 62 rue de Lille, 75343 Paris cedex 07, stating "Prix du Musée d'Orsay".
The director of the Public Establishment of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie is responsible for the implementation of this decision, which will be published in the Official Bulletin of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Paris, 11 January 2011