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A Passion for French Impressionism

From 16 April 2013 to 18 August 2013

The Hays Collection at the Musée d'Orsay

Americans have always been fascinated by the richness of French culture — and with good reason. Now, the Musée d'Orsay will be presenting a unique exhibition of works from the 19th and early 20th century, gathered over the course of several decades by a pair of French-culture admirers from the United States.

The exhibition, named 'Une Passion Française' ('A Passion for France'), is devoted to the impressive collection of Marlene and Spencer Hays. A friendship between the couple and the president of the Musée d'Orsay has made it possible for this exhibit — which includes works from artists such as Vuillard, Matisse and Modigliani — to take place.

In certain cases, the presentation of the Hays Collections allows for the near completion of works that the Musée d'Orsay already possesses. For example, the museum has five of the nine panels that compose Édouard Vuillard's work 'Jardins publics.' The Hays Collection will bring the seventh panel into the museum.

The 1860s as well as the Impressionist period are well represented in the Hays Collection, which consists exclusively of works created by French artists. For most of the works, this will be the first time that they are back in France since their creation. As a result, even art lovers who have already visited all the French museums will be able to discover works that they have never seen before.