Musée d'Orsay: The Birth of impressionism. Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay

The Birth of impressionism. Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay

Edouard ManetThe Fife Player© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
In Madrid, San Francisco and Nashville, the Musée d'Orsay is showing a hundred of its masterpieces in an exhibition that tells the story of painting in the early years of Impressionism. Based around Manet, who, after the scandal of his Olympia in 1863 was considered to be the leader of modern painting, it aims to put into context the experimental approaches developed by Bazille, Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Sisley, etc. In the late 1860s, these young painters united around Manet to breathe new life into contemporary art. Having suffered a number of rejections by the Salon, in 1874 they decided to present their works independently. Manet, however, continued to seek recognition from the Salon where artists who were accepted (Fantin-Latour, Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes and Regnault) explored less radical but equally innovative solutions.


Paris : Guy Cogeval, President of the Musée d'Orsay, Stéphane Guégan and Alice Thomine, Curators at the Musée d'Orsay
Madrid : Pablo Jimenez Burillo, Director of the Cultural Institute of the MAPFRE Foundation
San Francisco : John E. Buchanan, Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Nashville : Susan Edwards, Director of the Frist Centre for Visual Arts

Präsentation der Ausstellung in :
Madrid, MAPFRE Foundation, 11 January - 22 April 2010
San Francisco, Fine Arts Museums - de Young, 22 May - 6 September 2010
Nashville, Frist Centre for Visual Arts, 14 October 2010 - 23 January 2011


Birth of Impressionism. Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco / DelMonico . Prestel

11 January 2010 - 23 January 2011

Madrid, San Francisco, Nashville

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