Impressionism in Paris; Exhibitions regarding the movement

Impressionism was born in Paris. This late 19th century art movement developed amongst a group of artists, including Claude Monet and Pierre-August Renoir, who were based in the capital. So it is entirely appropriate that Paris should host two fascinating exhibitions relating to the history and study of Impressionism; Paul Durand-Ruel, The Gamble Of The Impressionists is at the Luxembourg Museum and Impression, Soleil Levant at the Musée Marmottan Monet.

Two intriguing looks at the Impressionist Movement

Impressionism made quite an impression of its own in the art world of the second half of the 19th century. The movement defied convention and broke new ground.

Paul Durand-Reul, although not an artist, was nonetheless a key figure in the history of Impressionism. As an art dealer at the time he was a major supporter of the Impressionist painters, buying and selling thousands of their works at great personal financial risk. The current exhibition at the Luxembourg Museum, via some eighty paintings, drawings, photographs and documents, depicts a period when Impressionism slowly gained international recognition due in large part to the efforts of an exceptional man.

The famous Claude Monet painting Impression, Soleil Levant is a work that embodied the new aesthetic, and gave its name to the burgeoning movement when it was mentioned in a satirical magazine article by the French art critic, Louis Leroy. There has been some debate over the years regarding the circumstances of the creation of this iconic work. Recent work by French and American research teams, based on meteorological, topographical and astronomical data has at last led to some definite conclusions. This is the theme of the current and fascinating exhibition presented at the Musée Marmottan Monet.


  • Paul Durand-Ruel, The gamble of the Impressionists
    From October 9th to February 8th, 2015
    Musée du Luxembourg, 19 rue de Vaugirard, Paris 6e
    Tel.: 0033 (0)1 40 13 62 00
    Metro: Saint Sulpice, line 4 - Mabillon, line 10
    RER B: Luxembourg (sortie Jardin du Luxembourg)
  • Impression soleil levant: Exhibition until January 18th, 2015
    Musée Marmottan-Monet. 2, rue Louis-Boilly, Paris 16e
    Tel.: 0033 (0)1 44 96 50 33
    Metro: La Muette, line 9


Picture copyright holder : Claude Monet, Impression, soleil levant (Impression Sunrise), 1872, oil paints on canvas, 50×65cm, Paris, Marmottan Monet museum, gift Victorine et Eugène Donop de Monchy, 1940 © Christian Baraja

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