“Renoir, Father and Son”: Painting and Cinema converge in Paris

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“Renoir, Father and Son”: Painting and Cinema converge in Paris

From 6 November 2018, the prestigious Musée d'Orsay explores the relationship between painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his film director son, Jean, in a brand-new retrospective.

“Renoir, Father and Son”: Painting and Cinema converge in Paris

Parallels between two artists

The exhibition “Renoir, Father and Son” takes up residence amidst the ornamental splendour of the Musée d'Orsay, on the banks of the Seine in Paris. From 6 November 2018 to 27 January 2019, this one-of-a-kind event explores the fruitful dialogue between a father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and a son, Jean Renoir – two hugely influential artists in the worlds of painting and cinema respectively.

The work of the two men was constantly interwoven throughout their lives. The son posed for the father. The father was the subject of a biography by the son… Through the use of paintings, film extracts, photographs, costumes, posters, drawings and documents, some of which are on display for the first time, this multi-disciplinary retrospective deals with several themes common to these two great artists, for example, the role of the female model and locations, such as the Seine, Montmartre and the South of France.

Renoir, Father and Son
From 6 November 2018 to 27 January 2019
Musée d'Orsay
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur
75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
bit.ly/2vwyvnp

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“Renoir, Father and Son”: Painting and Cinema converge in Paris

Guided tours and film evenings

As you go around the exhibition, you will understand just how much the father inspired his son. Having grown up surrounded by the paintings of Mr Renoir senior, the film director frequently took images from the canvases of Pierre-Auguste, as shown in the extract from the film A Day in the Country which you will take time to watch during the exhibition. You will recognise the theme of the painting The Swing when a young woman soars into the air.

You will be struck by the taste of freedom and deep sense of humanity that characterised both men. To get a better understanding of 19th-century art, you can take a guided tour in between visiting this great exhibition and the museum's permanent collections. You will discover private works by the great Impressionist painter in relation to friends from his youth, Monet and Bazille.

If you would like to learn more about Jean Renoir, reserve a seat and settle down in the museum's auditorium for the inaugural conference. To complement the exhibition, on 16 November 2018, Sylvie Patry, the museum's curator, will explain all about the links that bind the two artists and their creations.

If you have children aged between six and eight, you can enrol them in a fun experimental workshop. These budding artists will take inspiration from the works on display to create their own original photo comic.

Inaugural conference
16 November 2018
Musée d'Orsay auditorium
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur
75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
bit.ly/2PpfyM9

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“Renoir, Father and Son”: Painting and Cinema converge in Paris

Under the arches of the Musée d'Orsay

Make the most of your visit to admire the impressive building housing the Musée d'Orsay. Outside, this former railway station still bears the names of the destinations it once served on its stone facade. Converted into a museum, over time, it has become a temple of Western artistic work from 1848 to 1914. As you enter this national landmark, you will be dazzled by the beauty of the place. Its huge airy halls emphasise the nave and cupolas, the cast-iron pillars and beams and its stucco ornamentation. Set against glass windows, the enormous clock in the central aisle keeps watch over the permanent collections. Smile, you are in the heart of the City of Light.