Besides being a decade of despair caused by the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the 1930s proved to be a decade of sheer creativity and great artistic inspiration in the United States of America. In fact, in an attempt to illustrate the severe economic hardships and to draw attention to the everyday life of Americans who lost their money, jobs, and homes, American artists launched a new art movement: Social Realism.
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The exhibition Charles Gleyre (1806-1874). The Reformed Romantic at Musée d’Orsay sheds light on the significant role played by Gleyre as well as his studio in producing an interesting number of successful artists such as the Impressionist artist Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), the Orientalist painter and sculptor Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824 – 1904), and the French Impressionist painter Jean Frédéric Bazille (1841 – 1870). It puts on display a set of stunning works on loan from the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dedicated to the popular French archaeologist and museum director of the Museum of French Monuments (Musée des monuments français), Alexandre Lenoir (1761 – 1839), the exhibition “A Revolutionary Museum: Alexandre Lenoir’s Museum of French Monuments” aims at highlighting the accomplishment and devotion of Lenoir to protecting the heritage of France, especially during the French Revolution (1789 – 1799).
On May 21st, 2016, Paris the city of light and culture is host to the Museum Night 2016 (La Nuit des Musées 2016), a unique and free cultural event that is considered one of the most important events in Paris and Europe.
The exhibition Delacroix as a Model will give visitors the opportunity to discover for the first time some recent acquisitions such like the interpretation of Women of Algiers in their Apartment (Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement) by the French painter and lithographer, Henri Fantin-Latour (1836–1904).