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Magritte/Renoir: Surrealism in Full Sunlight Musée de l'Orangerie

Feb 10, 2021 — Jun 21, 2021

The first exhibition to show a largely unknown chapter of René Magritte’s work in its entirety, Surrealism in Full Sunlight compares Magritte’s works with those of Auguste Renoir. A period of sunny optimism brought on by the fall of the Nazi regime, particularly after their loss at Stalingrad, Magritte's 'Renoir period' was characterized by serene scenes and an "array of delightful...

The first exhibition to show a largely unknown chapter of René Magritte’s work in its entirety, Surrealism in Full Sunlight compares Magritte’s works with those of Auguste Renoir. A period of sunny optimism brought on by the fall of the Nazi regime, particularly after their loss at Stalingrad, Magritte's 'Renoir period' was characterized by serene scenes and an "array of delightful things: women, birds, flowers, trees and an atmosphere of happiness."

Far from regarding this as a passing phase, Magritte considered his 'Renoir Period' important enough to make it the basis of a proposed in-depth reform of Surrealism. To this end, in October 1946, he sent André Breton his manifesto "Surrealism in Full Sunlight", which Breton rejected entirely.

This exhibition brings together around sixty paintings and forty drawings, beginning with several works from the end of the 1930s in which Magritte expresses the imminent outbreak of war and disaster. Magritte’s paintings are set alongside Renoir’s masterpieces, contemporary paintings by Picabia, and other works, notably by Jeff Koons, giving an idea of the influence of these little-known works.

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Fantastic!! I loved Monet's paintings.
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In 1922 Claude Monet offered eight of his giant Water Lilies panels to the French state, as a way of commemorating the end of WWI. His only condition was that they be displayed in a suitable venue. The French government found the perfect spot: the Orangerie in the Tulieries Garden.

The Orangerie was built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees that lined the garden of the Tuileries Palace. For a period of time it was also used as a storehouse for goods, a bunk for soldiers, and as a flexible exhibition space. Monet's generous gift transformed it into the Musée de l'Orangerie, a pre-eminent gallery of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.

The huge (and hugely impressive) Monet paintings are definitely the main event, but they are far from the only reason to visit. The museum also contains works by Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir, and Rousseau, among others.

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Small but excellent museum. The Monet exhibit was excellent, as was the Feneon collection on display during our visit. Far less crowded than Le Louvre, albeit much smaller.
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