Renoir: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie

The National Art Center, Tokyo

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[Image: "Bal du moulin de la Galette" (1876) © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais, Patrice Schmidt, distributed by AMF]

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Two of the world’s finest collections of Renoir masterpieces—from France’s renowned Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie—will come together under the same roof at this exciting exhibition in Tokyo. More than 100 works including sculptures, drawings, pastels, and rare contextual material will be presented to take visitors on a visual stroll through the fascinating life and genius of French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841–1919).
The evolution of Renoir’s artistry from his early realistic depictions to the stunning rosy nudes of his twilight years is captured in ten chapters encompassing his many beloved genres and subjects—portraits, landscapes, everyday life, flowers, children, nude women, and more. At the same time, the exhibition traces Renoir’s shift from the innovative experiments of Impressionism back to the venerable traditions of classical painting, and then toward a fusion of these styles, revealing how the artist’s life was a never-ending exploration of new challenges.

This retrospective will also be a milestone event for Japanese art lovers, as it will mark the first time for the superlative Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (1876) to be presented in this country. The exuberant faces of people at leisure, the gentle sunlight filtering through swaying trees, and the dynamic brushstrokes of this inspired work provide a singular opportunity to fully experience the true Renoir in all his glory.

[Related Event]
Cello Concert “The Art and Music of Renoir”
Performer: Hitomi Niikura
Date: Jun. 3 (Fri) 18:00–19:00 (doors open at 17:30)
Admission on first-come basis. Reservations not required.
Free
Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.

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from April 27, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Open on May 3rd and August 16th.

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