Embodying modernity and recovered freedom, the Saint Lazare Station and its surroundings, the new Quartier de l'Europe, transformed by the refurbishment works of the Baron Haussmann, constituted a rich subject matter for impressionist painters. Besides paintings by Manet and Monet - the latter celebrated the modern beauty and the dynamism of the station through a dozen paintings - the exhibition gathered paintings by Caillebotte, Berthe Morisot, Puvis de Chavannes, etc.
This exhibition was organised with the support of Zeneca.
Juliet Wilson-Bareau, art historian, Henri Loyrette, director, Musée d'Orsay and Philip Conisbee, curator, National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Exhibition catalogueManet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare
Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998