Paris 1874 : Where impressionism comes to life

From Monet to Renoir, Cézanne to Sisley, impressionism was introduced to the world on April 15, 1874, with its first exhibition entitled "Hungry for Independence". The Musée d'Orsay's temporary exhibition "Paris 1874. Inventing Impressionism" retraces the rise of this artistic movement, revealing a daily life that was sometimes painful, sometimes joyful.

"One morning, one of us, lacking black, used blue: impressionism was born"

Auguste Renoir
© Edgar Degas - Pink Dancers , Before Ballet

In the heart of the 19th century, an artistic movement was born in France that would overturn established codes: impressionism.

Monet, Renoir, Degas and their peers were the visionaries of this artistic revolution. They embraced the ephemeral, capturing light and atmosphere in quick, vibrant brushstrokes, abandoning the rigidity of academic conventions. Inspired by nature, they painted outdoor scenes, capturing the fleeting interplay of light and shadow. Despite initial criticism, impressionist exhibitions eventually conquered the art world and left an indelible mark on generations to come. This movement paved the way for a more personal approach to art, celebrating ephemeral beauty and the subjectivity of perception.

150 years of aesthetics and movement

© Paul Cézanne - Cards players

The Musée d'Orsay is celebrating the 150th anniversary of this artistic movement with a unique exhibition "Paris 1874. Inventing Impressionism". Featuring a rich collection of 130 works, some of which date back to the key year of 1874, this exhibition offers a fascinating journey through the development of the Impressionist movement. From early works to contemporary creations, it reveals the rise of this movement. Let yourself be enchanted by the canvases of Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and the prodigies who followed in their footsteps. An artistic journey full of charm and wonder. 

Paris, 1874. Inventing Impressionism, Musée d'Orsay, from 26 March to 14 July 2024. 

Published on 12/02/2024

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