Housed in a train station built for the 1900 World's Fair, the Musée d'Orsay is known throughout the world for its rich collection of Impressionist paintings including masterpieces as iconic as the Bal au Moulin de la galette from Renoir or The room at Arles de Van Gogh. Its collections include works of architecture, decorative arts and photography in addition to traditional artistic fields (painting, sculpture, graphic arts). They thus draw a broad panorama of French and European art from 1848 to 1914.

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Renoir Father and Son. Painting and Cinema

6 November 2018 27 January 2019
The exhibition seeks to explore the fruitful and at times paradoxical dialogue between a father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and a son, Jean Renoir, between two artists, and between painting and cinema....

The points of contact between the works of the film director and the painter go beyond influence and transposition. It is as if Jean forged his artistic personality and established his independence as a film director by questioning Renoir's paintings and that of his contemporaries, and more generally the late 19th century. The exhibition takes a new look at his role in the dissemination of his father's works, his relations with the artistic world and his work as a ceramist which he compared to that of cinema, because potters and film directors both have to work with the hand they are dealt.

The relationship between Pierre-Auguste and Jean was interspersed with interwoven portraits, between a son who posed for his father without ever filming him, but who spent almost twenty years drafting his biography, which is still widely read today. Through these paintings, film extracts, photographs, costumes, posters, drawings and documents, some of which are on display for the first time, this multidisciplinary exhibition explores the themes (the role of the female model, for example) and locations (the River Seine, Montmartre, Southern France) common to two bodies of work that assuredly combine a taste for freedom and a deep sense of humanity.

Orsay through the Eyes of Julian Schnabel

10 October 2018 13 January 2019
For its first invitation to a great contemporary artist, the Musée d'Orsay has asked the painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel to give an interpretation of the collection, by presenting, in two of the museum's historic rooms, a new scenography and a selection of works that have never previously been displayed together....

Picasso. Blue and Rose

18 September 2018 9 January 2019
The Musée d'Orsay and the Musée national Picasso-Paris are organising an exceptional event dedicated to Pablo Picasso's blue and rose periods. This exhibition is the first large-scale collaboration between our two museums. It features masterpieces and proposes a new interpretation on the years 1900-1906, a critical period in the artist's career which to date has not been covered in its entirety by a French museum....

The presentation of this exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay demonstrates the desire to include the young Picasso in his time and reconsider his work under the prism of his belonging to the nineteenth century.


The exhibition will bring together a large number of paintings and drawings with the aim of presenting a comprehensive overview of the artist's sculptures and engravings between 1900 and 1906.

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