Naissance de l'Impressionnisme dans les collections du musée d'Orsay : La liberté de peindre

Naissance de l'Impressionnisme : La liberté de peindre
Collections du musée d'Orsay
(The Birth of Impressionism - Freedom in Painting: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay)

In summer 2014, 84 masterpieces will arrive in Japan from Musée d'Orsay in Paris famed for its superb collection of impressionist art. The theme of the exhibition is "The Birth of Impressionism". 140 years since the first impressionist exhibition was held in 1874 — the shock of the birth of this innovative style that provoked a scandal in the Paris art community will vividly revive in Tokyo through a selection of masterpieces.

The exhibition attempts to give new life to the rich and diverse era from the late 1860's to early 1880's in which a broad spectrum of movements and talents co-existed a longside each other, and to free ourselves from the stereotype judgment of impressionism being "good" and academism being "bad". The exhibition is divided into several chapters, namely: "Manet: The New Painting" "Realisms" "History Painting" "The Nude" "The Impressionist Landscape" "Still Life" "Portraits" "Modern Life" "Manet and the Maturity", which will provide an opportunity to understand the mutual impact between different styles and at the same time appreciate the beauty each work has in its own right.

Not only the leading impressionists' works including Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cézanne, but also the works of other contemporary artists ranging from realist paintings by Corot, Millet and Courbet to academic paintings by Cabanel and Bouguereau will come together in this exhibition. In other words, the whole lineup of the masterpieces of that age, the treasures of Musée d'Orsay will be there.

List of Exhibits / PDF / 2.87MB


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – Monday, October 20, 2014


Tuesdays (except August 12, September 23, October 14), September 24


The National Art Center, Tokyo Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
(7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-8558)

Opening hours

*10:00-20:00 on Fridays, every Saturdays on and after August 16, and everyday on and after October 12

  • (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Organized by

The National Art Center, Tokyo, Musée d'Orsay, The Yomiuri Shimbun,
Nippon Television Network Corporation

Under the auspices of

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of France/Institut français du Japon,

With the special sponsorship of

With the sponsorship of

Air France, Kao Corporation, SHIMIZU Corporation,
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.,
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Daiwa House Industry Co.,Ltd.,

With the Cooperation of

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd., PCA Corporation

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*This exhibition is realized with the scientific collaboration of the Musée d'Orsay and its exceptional loan from the collection.

90e anniversaire du partenariat culturel franco-japonais

Access Map


The National Art Center, Tokyo

7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

  • Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station Exit 6 is directly connected to the Center
  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Station about 5-minute walk from Exit 4a
  • Toei Oedo Subway Line Roppongi Station about 4-minute walk from Exit 7