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Musée d’Orsay to Celebrate 150 Years of Impressionism

In 1874, a group of struggling artists who had all been rejected from the annual Academy of Art Salon held at the Louvre decided to hold an exhibition of their own. About thirty different artists showcased their work in a photographer’s studio north of the Seine. Among them are the now incomparable artists Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas. It marked a turning point in the art world as Impressionism became a movement.

Now one of the largest collectors of Impressionist art, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, is holding an exhibit to celebrate Impressionist art and that moment in art history of 1874. For the first time the museum is going to be incorporating an immersive virtual reality experience for visitors. It is designed to make them feel as if they have been taken back in time to that original Impressionist experience. It will even include an audio component that lets visitors hear the artists discussing the paintings as they walk through them. The main exhibit will consist of over a hundred and thirty different art pieces, from both private and public collections.

The term Impressionist was originally meant to convey the unfinished appearance of this style of art. These artists were trying to capture the emotion more than the details in a scene. When they formed their own exhibition it was to show that the art world was changing and the standard guidelines for acceptance no longer applied.

If you love Impressionist art and would like to celebrate the anniversary in your own home, feel free to browse our Impressionism gallery. It includes art from Monet, Renoir, Degas, and so many more. We know that you will find something that will help transport you back to that remarkable time in art history.

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