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Impressionist painting, Edouard Manet (artist) French, 1832 - 1883, The Railway, 1873, oil on canvas

Paris 1874: The Impressionist Moment

Upcoming Exhibition

September 8, 2024 – January 19, 2025
West Building, Main Floor

How did Impressionism begin? Discover the origins of the French art movement in a new look at the radical 1874 exhibition considered the birth of modern painting.

A remarkable presentation of 130 works includes a rare reunion of many of the paintings first featured in that now-legendary exhibition. Revisit beloved paintings by Paul CézanneEdgar DegasClaude MonetBerthe MorisotCamille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir and meet their lesser-known contemporaries. See the art norms they were rebelling against and learn what political and social shifts sparked their new approach to art.

Don’t miss the unique chance to immerse yourself in the dynamic Parisian art scene of 1874—we are the only American stop for this historic exhibition.

While this exhibition is not ticketed, you may need to join a line or virtual queue on weekends and busier days. Independently led groups are not permitted.

Explore Selected Works


Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

The exhibition is curated by Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings, National Gallery of Art; Kimberly Jones, curator of 19th-century French paintings, National Gallery of Art; Sylvie Patry, former Deputy Director for collections and curatorial affairs, Musée d’Orsay; and Anne Robbins, curator of paintings, Musée d’Orsay.

Other venues
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, March 25–July 14, 2024

Major support for the exhibition has been provided by The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Lugano, Bank of America, and the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation.

The exhibition in Washington is also generously supported by the Hata Foundation, the Buffy and William Cafritz Family Fund, the Annenberg Fund for the International Exchange of Art, the Edwin L. Cox Exhibition Fund, and the Director’s Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Admission is always free and passes are not required

Banner detail: Auguste Renoir, La Loge (The Theater Box), 1874, oil on canvas, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) Photo © The Courtauld