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Musée de l'Orangerie

The Water Lilies. American Abstract Painting and the last Monet

13 April 2018 20 August 2018
In 1955, Alfred Barr brought one of Monet's large panels of *Water Lilies* (W1992) into the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at a time when these great "decorations", still in the studio in Giverny, were beginning to attract the attention of collectors and museums. Monet was presented at that time as "a bridge between the naturalism of early Impressionism and the highly developed...
In 1955, Alfred Barr brought one of Monet's large panels of *Water Lilies* (W1992) into the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at a time when these great "decorations", still in the studio in Giverny, were beginning to attract the attention of collectors and museums. Monet was presented at that time as "a bridge between the naturalism of early Impressionism and the highly developed school of Abstract Art" in New York, with his *Water Lilies* seen in the context of Pollock's paintings, such as *Autumn Rhythm* (number 30), 1950. The reception of these later Monet works resonated with American Abstract Expression then coming into the museum collections. At the same time, the idea of "Abstract Impressionism" was forged. The exhibition at the Musée de l'Orangerie focuses on this precise moment - when the great decorations of the master of Giverny were rediscovered and the New York School of Abstract Art was recognised - with a selection of some of Monet's later works and around twenty major paintings by American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Mark Tobey, Sam Francis, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Ellsworth Kelly. At the entrance to the *Water Lilies*, there is a tribute to Ellsworth Kelly, the American abstract artist who died in 2015 and whose work is still in dialogue with Monet's. This display was designed by Eric de Chassey with the support of the American Friends of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie. **General curator** Cécile Debray, chief curator, director of the Musée de l'Orangerie With the generous support of the *Terra Foundation for American Art, Ponticelli* and *Wilhelm & Associés*
Musée Eugène Delacroix

Grappling with the Modern: From Delacroix to the Present Day

11 April 2018 23 July 2018
The Musée National Eugène-Delacroix is holding an unprecedented exhibition on the mural paintings that Delacroix completed in 1861 for the Chapelle des Saints-Anges in the church of Saint-Sulpice. Thanks to exceptional loans from French and foreign museums, the exhibition will bring together works by artists who inspired Delacroix, such as Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Le Lorrain and Solimena, and the principal studies...
Musée d'Orsay

Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States

10 April 2018 15 July 2018
The independent states that make up the Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, were established just after the end of the First World War. To celebrate this centenary, this exhibition presents Baltic Symbolism from the 1890s to the end of the 1920s. European Symbolism and the emancipation of consciousness that it disseminated are inseparable in the Baltic countries from their independence. This exhibition...
Musée des Confluences

Hugo Pratt, horizon lines

7 April 2018 24 March 2019
**Embark on a world tour and take a trip through the universe of Hugo Pratt.** This artist has made a huge impression on the comic and graphic novel world, notably through the creation of Corto Maltese, romantic seafaring adventurer and the perfect incarnation of the anti-hero. Much like Corto, Hugo lived a life full of intensity. His voyages, his encounters and the literature he read all fuelled his representations...

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