Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay Exhibit at the de Young Museum, San Francisco

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibit
May 22 – September 6, 2010

We can’t wait to see this new exhibit from the Musée d’Orsay (our favorite museum in Paris) – it opens at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California on May 22, 2010 and runs to September 6, 2010. It’s sure to be a spectacular exhibit.

“Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay” will be followed in the fall of 2010 by a second exhibit – “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay.”  The de Young is the only museum in the world to host both of the Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibitions, and this particular combination of paintings will never travel again – so get your tickets now before they sell out.

The exhibition includes approximately 100 paintings from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection and highlights the work of William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and James Abbott McNeill Whistleramong others. Notable works in this Birth of Impressionism Masterpieces exhibition includes “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (“Whistler’s Mother“) – pictured above – by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1871).

This treasured collection is on loan from the The Musée d’Orsay in Paris while they undergo a partial closure for refurbishment – the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings will be reinstalled in their permanent galleries in Spring 2011 in anticipation of Musée d’Orsay’s 25th Anniversary.

Don’t miss this fun exhibit in San Francisco – we’ll see you there:)

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