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The Origins of the World: The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century Musée d'Orsay

Dec 15, 2020 — May 2, 2021

The 19th century saw a boom in the natural sciences. Adventurers discovered new lands and species, geologists uncovered just how ancient the planet is and the epochal transformations she's gone through, and Darwin's work pulled back the curtain on the origins of man.

Scientific revelation had a knock-on influence for the artists of the era, with nature serving to inspire art in a...

The 19th century saw a boom in the natural sciences. Adventurers discovered new lands and species, geologists uncovered just how ancient the planet is and the epochal transformations she's gone through, and Darwin's work pulled back the curtain on the origins of man.

Scientific revelation had a knock-on influence for the artists of the era, with nature serving to inspire art in a more profound way. Symbolism and Art Nouveau showed a fascination for the origins of life. During this exhibition in collaboration with the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, the d'Orsay will display the milestones of scientific discovery beside its contemporary art.

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Housed in the stunning Beaux-Arts style Gare d'Orsay railway station, The Musée d'Orsay is home to significant and stunning works by painters including Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh. It's widely considered to be one of the most culturally important museums in the world.

Its entire collection is from the period 1848-1914, including many of the most significant Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings ever created. Chronologically, the works come after those of the neighboring Louvre, and before the collection of the nearby Pompidou Centre.

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Thursday 09:30 - 21:45
Friday 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:30 - 18:00
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Monday 09:30 - 18:00
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