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Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity

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12 October 2022 – 5 February 2023

Think you know about the Impressionists? Louvre Abu Dhabi, in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay, invites you to think again with Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity, one of the most significant Impressionist exhibitions ever to be held outside France.

Featuring pioneering works by Manet, Degas, and Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Cézanne, the exhibition brings together more than 150 masterpieces alongside etchings, costumes, film and photography to explore why Impressionism was considered so shocking in the 19th century and how it paved the way for the artistic revolutions that were to come.

Born at a time of profound social, political, and cultural upheaval, Impressionism was more than mere artistic rebellion. It saw some of history’s bravest and most visionary painters embrace and extoll new ways of seeing, making art, and living. They celebrated this thrilling new reality, representing truthful observations of nature and modern life.

The result was a fundamentally new and different kind of art, unburdened by artistic and academic convention or tradition, whose radicalism, honesty, and bravery continues to inspire artists to this day.

Edouard Manet, The Balcony, 1868-1869, Oil on canvas, Paris, musée d'Orsay, bequest from Gustave Caillebotte in 1911, RF 2772
Edouard Manet, The Balcony, 1868-1869, Oil on canvas, Paris, musée d'Orsay, bequest from Gustave Caillebotte in 1911, RF 2772

Claude Monet, London, Parliament. Sunshine in the fog, 1904, Oil on canvas, Paris, musée d’Orsay, bequest from Isaac de Camondo, RF 2007
Claude Monet, London, Parliament. Sunshine in the fog, 1904, Oil on canvas, Paris, musée d’Orsay, bequest from Isaac de Camondo, RF 2007

Paul Cézanne, Women with the coffee pot 1890-1895, Oil on canvas, Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 1956 13

Berthe Morisot, The Cradle 1872, Oil on canvas Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 2849
Berthe Morisot, The Cradle 1872, Oil on canvas Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 2849

Claude Monet, The Magpie Winter 1868-1869, Oil on canvas Paris Musée d'Orsay, RF 1984 164
Claude Monet, The Magpie Winter 1868-1869, Oil on canvas Paris Musée d'Orsay, RF 1984 164

Claude Monet, Women in the garden Circa 1866, Oil on canvas, Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 2773
Claude Monet, Women in the garden Circa 1866, Oil on canvas, Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 2773

Edgar Degas, The racecourse. Amateur jockeys near a car 1876-1887, Oil on canvas Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 1980
Edgar Degas, The racecourse. Amateur jockeys near a car 1876-1887, Oil on canvas Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 1980

Edouard Manet, The Balcony, 1868-1869, Oil on canvas, Paris, musée d'Orsay, bequest from Gustave Caillebotte in 1911, RF 2772
Edouard Manet, The Balcony, 1868-1869, Oil on canvas, Paris, musée d'Orsay, bequest from Gustave Caillebotte in 1911, RF 2772

Gustave Caillebotte, Floor scrapers 1875, Oil on canvas, Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 2718
Gustave Caillebotte, Floor scrapers 1875, Oil on canvas, Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 2718

Claude Monet Saint Lazare Station 1877, Oil on canvas Paris, Musée d’Orsay, legs de Gustave Caillebotte en 1894, RF 2775
Claude Monet Saint Lazare Station 1877, Oil on canvas Paris, Musée d’Orsay, legs de Gustave Caillebotte en 1894, RF 2775
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