The Musée d'Orsay's annual budget for purchases, to which is added a 16 % levy on tickets to the permanent collections, remains substantial in comparison with many less privileged national institutions, although it still falls well short of the realities of the highly dynamic international market for painting in Orsay's periods.
So these acquisitions reflect both basic collegial arbitrations and the rightness of a policy that has to snap up any judicious opportunities. The aim of this exhibition is to put on public show the pearls that are being added to our institution's displays to delight our visitors.
CuratorsGuy Cogeval, President of the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie public establishment
Yves Badetz, chief curator at the Musée d'Orsay, director of the Musée Ernest Hébert
With the support of Tollens for their paint contribution