Where are we with the history of art in the 19th century? In an attempt to answer this question, the Musée d'Orsay and the École du Louvre will bring together researchers from all over the world for three days. Twenty years after the opening of the Musée d'Orsay, an event which provoked a major discussion on the re-evaluation of artistic movements, this seemed an opportune moment for experts from all areas to look at the major advances and new perspectives in the understanding of art between 1848 and 1914, and to compare their ideas on the progress achieved in their specialist areas.
The organisers wished to avoid centring the discussions on the Musée d'Orsay in particular. So it was suggested that established figures in the relevant fields plan and lead the different sessions. There will be ten sessions in all. Six sessions will take place simultaneously enabling specialists in a particular field to meet up, put forward their recent work, to compare approaches between the various countries and to look at new questions raised by recent research. The others will be plenary sessions, on four major themes: The history of taste and critical reception. Which museums for which period of art history? Artist, career, institutions; New subjects, new approaches.
Organised by the Musée d'Orsay and the Ecole du Louvre, with the participation of the INHA