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Get set for Mad March in Adelaide as French Impressionists land

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The Musée d’Orsay in Paris is sending 65 of its Impressionist master works by Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro, Cézanne and others to Adelaide’s Art Gallery of South Australia from March 29 to July 29, 2018.

Titled Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, the exhibition will  “chart the revolution of colour that lies at the very heart of Impressionism” and will be exclusive to Adelaide.

Nothing gets Australian gallery-goers lining up like a show of French Impressionism. When the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra hosted Masterpieces from Paris in 2011-12, it attracted 476,000 visitors.

The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne’s 2004 show The Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay set a record at the time for its 380,000 attendances and in 2013 Monet’s Garden: The Musee Marmottan Monet attracted 342,029 people.

Now Adelaide gets the famous Monet snowscape pictured below, La Pie (The Magpie), hanging alongside works by Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne.

RF 1984 x164 MONET The Magpie ∏photo musÇe d'Orsay SRGB 2000px rmn_preview

Art Gallery of SA director Nick Mitzevich proclaimed the show as “the most important exhibition ever to be shown at the Art Gallery of South Australia”.

“With so few Impressionist works held in Australian collections, the exhibition presents a rare opportunity for Australians to see the movement’s radical evolution of colour,” he said in a statement.

Among the works to be shown will be Manet’s Serveuse de bocks (The Waitress), Cézanne’s Golfe de Marseille (Bay of Marseille), Caillebotte’s Vue des Toits (Rooftops) and Renoir’s Gabrielle à la rose (Gabrielle with a Rose). There will be ten paintings by Monet, including La Pie (The Magpie), Un Coin d’appartement (A Corner of the Apartment), Le Bassin aux nymphéas, harmonie rose (Water Lily Pond, Pink Harmony –detail of which is in main image above ) and one of the Musée d’Orsay’s five versions of Cathédrale de Rouen (Rouen Cathedral).

Artists represented in Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

Charles ANGRAND, France, 1854–1926

Eugène BOUDIN, France, 1824–1989

Gustave CAILLEBOTTE, France, 1848–1894

Paul CÉZANNE, France, 1839–1906

Camille COROT, France, 1796–1875

Gustave COURBET, France, 1819–1877

Henri-Edmond CROSS, France, 1856–1910

Charles-François DAUBIGNY, France, 1817–1878

Edgar DEGAS, France, 1834–1917

Eugène DELACROIX, France, 1798–1863

Paul GAUGUIN, France, 1848–1903

Antoine GUILLEMET, France, 1841–1918

Johan Barthold JONGKIND, The Netherlands/France, 1819–1891

Henri FANTIN-LATOUR, France, 1836–1904

Stanislas LÉPINE, France, 1835–1892

Maximilien LUCE, France, 1858–1941

Edouard MANET, France, 1832–1883

Claude MONET, France, 1840–1926

Berthe MORISOT, France, 1841–1895

Camille PISSARRO, France, 1830–1903

Lucien PISSARRO, France/Britain, 1863–1944

Auguste RENOIR, France, 1841–1919

Georges SEURAT, France, 1859–1891

Paul SIGNAC, France, 1863–1935

Alfred SISLEY, Britain/France, 1839–1899

Alfred STEVENS, Belgium/France, 1823–1906

James TISSOT, France, 1836–1902

Théo VAN RYSSELBERGHE, Belgium/France, 1862–1926

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