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Magritte/Renoir: Surrealism in Full Sunlight
Now on  - 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 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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Entrance to the museum via dedicated line (but you can't skip the security check)
Access to permanent and temporary exhibition
  • See eight of Claude Monet's famed Water Lilies bathed in natural light, in two rooms built to the artist's specifications
  • Browse famous Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and contemporary works of art in the temporary exhibition
  • This is a perfect way to complement your visit to the nearby Musée d'Orsay, but with fewer crowds

The Musée de l'Orangerie is a gallery of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The larger-than-life Water Lilies by Monet are definitely the main event, but they're far from the only reason to visit. Located in an old orangerie in the heart of Paris, this museum is notable for having an impressive amount of Monets in a decadently light and airy setting.

In fact, Monet himself donated the paintings to the French state as World War I was coming to a close, as his way of contributing to the country's victory. His only condition was that his paintings be housed in a suitable venue. The then-underused orangerie in the Tuileries Garden was just the spot.

Bask in the full glory of the Water Lilies series in two oval rooms that display eight massive (2x6 meter) canvases that were purpose-built to the artist's specifications. Pore over the painstaking detail of each canvas, lovingly painted by a cataract-ridden Monet. He was adamant that the canvases be drenched in natural light to reflect the en-plein-air nature of his work. You may recognize one of these rooms as setting for a key scene in Woody Allen's 2011 movie, Midnight in Paris.

While the museum also usually displays works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, and Rousseau, among others, these galleries will be closed until April 1, 2020, while the museum undergoes renovations. In the meantime, visitors can peruse the temporary exhibition which features modern art by Seurat and Matisse, as well as other contemplative contemporary art.

Visitors are invited to experience the Musée de l'Orangerie meditative art spaces that flow into each other and pay homage to some of the finest art of the 20th century.

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Musée de l'Orangerie
Musée de l'Orangerie, jardin des Tuileries, 75001, Paris
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Sep 28, 2020
Fantastic!! I loved Monet's paintings.
Rob,  United States United States
Dec 29, 2019
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.
Dr. Rami,  Israel Israel
Dec 9, 2019
This is a place that we always love to return!

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