Musée d'Orsay

The permanent collections of this museum are devoted to the art of the Western world

From 12 October 2021 to 13 February 2022

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The French artist Paul Signac, one of the founders of the Pointillist and Neo-Impressionist movements, is the focus of a show in autumn 2021 in Paris. After an exhibition featuring his paintings including his watercolours at the Musée Jacquemart-André in summer 2021, the Musée d’Orsay throws the spotlight on his talents as a collector of art.

From 12 October 2021 to 13 February 2022, the museum presents Paul Signac's remarkable collection of paintings, drawings, and prints. Included in the exhibition is the artist's archive, consisting of correspondence and inventories of his acquisitions.

The exhibition retraces the career of Signac from his first works inspired by Claude Monet and the Impressionists to the works of his Neo-Impressionist friends - Georges Seurat, Victor Dupont, Camille Pissarro… - his interest for the Nabis - Pierre Bonnard, Félix Vallotton, Édouard Vuillard… - to Fauvism, a movement which he admired, inspired and promoted, mainly represented through the works of Henri Matisse, Kees Van Dongen and Louis Valtat.

But Signac, the Collector is also an extraordinary window on 20th century landscape painting.

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Musée d'Orsay, art in the Western world from 1848 to 1914

The Musée d’Orsay is renowned for being one of the most beautiful museums in the world and having one of the richest collections. Situated on the left bank of the Seine opposite the Tuileries Gardens, it has not always been a museum. Built by Victor Laloux for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, the building was initially a railway station before being transformed into a museum in 1986.

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The permanent collections of this multidisciplinary museum are devoted to the art of the Western world – painting, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, architecture, and photography – from 1848 to 1914; that is a total of 6,000 works of which only 3,000 are on show to the public at any one time.

Major works include: Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe by Edouard Manet, La classe de danse by Edgar Degas, Des glaneuses by Jean-François Millet, the Bal du moulin de la Galette by Auguste Renoir, the series of Cathédrales de Rouen by Claude Monet, the Cirque by Georges Seurat, Les joueurs de carte by Paul Cézanne, Les femmes de Tahiti by Paul Gauguin, Portrait de l'artiste by Vincent van Gogh ... The Museum has one of the largest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works in the world.

In addition to the permanent collections, numerous events are held throughout the year: temporary exhibitions, concerts, lectures, seminars, shows ...

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