Impressionist Paintings & the Musée d'Orsay with Marie Dessaillen - Context Travel

Impressionist Paintings & the Musée d'Orsay with Marie Dessaillen


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Paris in the 19th century was the capital of art and culture. Musicians, writers, and artists flocked to the city to enjoy the freedom brought by the French Revolution. But the Revolution also brought the "bourgeoisie", the French middle class, into power, and their taste in art was classical. Passions were not to be publicly displayed, according to 19th century "good" society. Rejected by the older generations and the clients, some artists in the second half of the century launched a revolution of their own, a visual one, and it led to modern art. Away from the heaviness of decorum and the artificial light of the studios, they painted the world as they saw it and felt it, showed the reality of the underworld of Montmartre, abandoned the varnished, perfect paintbrushes of the Academy and tried art their way - a freeway. We call them the Impressionists.

"Excellent presentation, informative and enlightening."

This conversation will delve into the collection of Impressionist paintings that are held at the Musée d'Orsay. The museum was born in 1986 from an overflowing Louvre and a 1900 station that needed to be saved from destruction. The French national collections in Paris were split, and art from 1848 to 1905 was carefully transported across the Seine. Among the pieces was one of the most complete collections of Impressionism in the world, a collection that has since turned the musée d'Orsay into a tourist favorite.

"Marie is not only an expert in art and history, but also gifted with a passion for teaching in a way that makes art and history come alive."

Led by art historian Marie Dessaillen, this interactive discussion will focus on some of the most iconic paintings of the collection by Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, and explore the notion that Impressionism was a collaboration of a group of artists with a shared goal - to find buyers - rather than a school with a common style.

"Marie was truly outstanding in her knowledge base, her organization of the topic, her selected paintings, and her discussion of individual artists and their works."

The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.