Renoir in the 20th century


Pierre Auguste Renoir Girl in a Red Ruff (detail)© Philadelphia Museum of Art
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is so closely associated with the golden age of Impressionism that his later years are often neglected. However, towards the end of the 19th century he launched himself into some innovative and fruitful research. Renoir established himself then not only as the master of a classical, decorative art, inspired by tradition, but also as an example for new generations of artists.

This exhibition, therefore, has a twofold ambition: to take another look at a crucial yet little-known period of a major artist, while demonstrating his influence through a selection of works by Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Maillol.


Sylvie Patry, curator, Musée d’Orsay; Jean-Patrice Marandel, chief curator and Claudia Einecke, curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Joseph J. Rishel, "Gisela and Dennis Alter", chief curator for European art before 1800, the Johnson collection and the Rodin Museum at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Jennifer Thompson, associate curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For the section "Renoir the Sculptor"
Emmanuelle Héran, heritage curator, RMN

For the section "Documents relating to Renoir"
Isabelle Gaëtan, head of documentary studies, Musée d'Orsay

The exhibition will also be presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 14 February to 9 May 2010 and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 12 June to 5 September 2010

23 September 2009 - 4 January 2010

Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais

Full rate : 11 €
Concessions : 8 €

Special offer for members
Carte blanche and MuséO cardholders
Free admission and direct access
Wednesday 23 September, Saturdays 3 and 17 October, Tuesday 3 November, Monday 16 November and Friday 11 December
Reduced rates
(queuing only) all other days

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