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The Origins of the Greatest Impressionist Masterpiece of All Time

From 18 September 2014 to 18 January 2015

Claude Monet's 'Impression, Sunrise' revealed

At the Musée Marmottan Monet, an exhibition called 'Impression, Sunrise' ('Impression, Soleil Levant') recounts the story behind the Monet's masterpiece of the same name. This is one of the most famous paintings in the world, yet no museum has ever studied its history until today.

In 1940 the painting was added to the collection of the Musée Marmottan before the institution possessed any impressionists works, and this event was the starting point of the mystery surrounding the painting. For decades, the work was shrouded in uncertainty. People around the world have wondered what the painting represents and when it was painted — either in 1872 or in 1873.

Starting on September 18, 2014 the Musée Marmottan Monet will finally reveal the answers behind these questions and more. At the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the museum and the 140th anniversary of the first showing of the 'Impression, Sunrise' painting, the Musée Marmottan Monet has conducted an inquiry regarding the piece, which is considered to be the founding work of the impressionist movement.

The exhibition is made up of several different sections comprised of 25 works from Claude Monet and a further 55 works from a variety of painters, including Eugène Delacroix, Eugène Boudin and Auguste Renoir. Photographs by Gustave Le Gray and Emile Letellier are also part of the exhibit.