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Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism
April 9 – July 9, 2017
East Building, Upper Level and Mezzanine

Frédéric Bazille, Family Reunion also called Family Portraits, 1867, oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Despite his contributions to the birth of impressionism, Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) remains relatively unknown. A thematic presentation of 75 works—including paintings by contemporaries such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir—will bring to light Bazille’s place as a central figure in the movement. Several examples from the Gallery’s collection, which houses the largest group of Bazille’s works outside of France, will be featured in the first major American exhibition on the artist in almost 25 years. Paintings by his predecessors, Gustave Courbet and Théodore Rousseau, compared with those of Bazille, explore the sources and influences on his limited but visionary oeuvre.

Organization: The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Musée Fabre, Montpellier; and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Other venues: Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France, June 25–October 16, 2016
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France, November 14, 2016–March 5, 2017

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