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Paris 1874:

Inventing Impressionism



The Machine at Marly by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), The Railway Édouard Manet1873, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

A century and a half ago, on April 15, 1874, the inaugural Impressionist exhibition made its debut in Paris.

Feeling a yearning for autonomy, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Sisley, and Cézanne boldly chose to break free from conventional constraints by organizing their own exhibition, independent of official channels: thus, impressionism was born. In commemoration of this milestone, the Musée d’Orsay is showcasing approximately 130 artworks, offering a fresh perspective on this pivotal moment, recognized as the catalyst for the avant-garde movement.

The exhibition aims to chart the rise of an artistic movement that emerged amidst a swiftly evolving world. Thirty-one artists, only seven of whom have achieved global recognition today, have united to showcase their works collectively.

The organization of this exhibition is a collaboration between the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée de l’Orangerie, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Following its presentation at the Musée d’Orsay, the exhibition will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington from September 8, 2024, to January 20, 2025.





“Impressionism is only direct sensation. All great painters were less or more impressionists. It is mainly a question of instinct.”


Claude Monet

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