A treat for impressionist fans has just opened at a
The paintings – including
The works come from private collections all over the world, including the
The exhibition, called Les Impressionistes en privÉ: 100 chefs d'oeuvre de collections particulieres" (Impressionist works from private collections, 100 masterpieces), is being held by the Marmottan Monet museum to celebrate its 80th anniversary. The museum contains an unrivalled collection of works by Monet and
The unique exhibition – running until 6 July – displays the paintings in chronological order, beginning with the early works, including
The impressionist masterworks are saved for the end. Renoir is well-represented, and the exhibition includes his Madame Renoir et son chien, which has never been on show until now.
Each impressionist is represented by about a dozen works, spanning an entire career. The impressionists often returned to paint the same scene, as Monet did with the waterlilies at his home in Giverny or with Rouen cathedral at different times of day.
The MusÉe d'Orsay holds another version of his painting of the seafront at the Normandy resort of Trouville, whose boardwalk with its strollers on a sunny day is immortalised in the 1870 picture on display at the Marmottan.
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