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.
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 ...
Picasso. Blue and Rose
From 18 September 2018 to 6 January 2019
From 18 September 2018 to 6 January 2019, the Musée d’Orsay is presenting Picasso. Blue and Rose in partnership with the Musée Picasso-Paris.
Pablo Picasso moved to Paris in 1901. The Spanish artist, who had been greatly affected by the death of his Catalan friend Carlos Casagemas, began working on painting after painting with blue as the predominant colour: a pictorial expression of grief. These sombre works often representing death, old age and poverty gradually gave way to his Rose Period. In 1904 he went to live in the Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre, where he met his first wife, Fernande Olivier. The paintings dating from this period feature an abundance of pink and orange tones, reflecting his love and sheer joy of being alive. Circus performers, harlequins and motherhood became his favourite themes. It was during this time that he produced Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, his first Cubist painting.
Picasso. Blue and Rose spans five crucial years in Picasso’s artistic career – a period that, astonishingly enough, has never been comprehensively reviewed at any French museum. The 300 works on display include several of the artist’s masterpieces. The exhibition places them in context by showcasing them alongside works by French and Spanish contemporaries such as Casas, Casagemas, Nonell, Gauguin, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, thereby providing an excellent opportunity to get a fresh perspective on the art of Pablo Picasso.