Paris 1874 Inventing impressionism

25 March 2024 14 July 2024
150 years ago, on April 15, 1874, the first impressionist exhibition opened in Paris. "Hungry for independence", Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Sisley and Cézanne finally decided to free themselves from the rules by holding their own exhibition, outside official channels: impressionism was born. To celebrate this anniversary, Musée d'Orsay is presenting some 130 works and bringing a fresh eye to...

The exhibition at Musée d'Orsay evidences the contradictions and infinite variety of contemporary creation in that spring of 1874, while highlighting the radical modernity of those young artists. "Good luck!" one critic encouraged them, "Innovations always lead to something."

This exhibition is organized by the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée de l'Orangerie and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, where it will be presented from September 8, 2024 to January 20, 2025.

Curatorship

Anne Robbins, Curator of Paintings, Musée d'Orsay;
Sylvie Patry, General Curator of Heritage

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