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Two of the world’s finest collections of Renoir masterpieces—from France’s renowned Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie—will come together under the same roof at this exciting exhibition in Tokyo. More than 100 works including sculptures, drawings, pastels, and rare contextual material will be presented to take visitors on a visual stroll through the fascinating life and genius of French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841–1919).

The evolution of Renoir’s artistry from his early realistic depictions to the stunning rosy nudes of his twilight years is captured in ten chapters encompassing his many beloved genres and subjects—portraits, landscapes, everyday life, flowers, children, nude women, and more. At the same time, the exhibition traces Renoir’s shift from the innovative experiments of Impressionism back to the venerable traditions of classical painting, and then toward a fusion of these styles, revealing how the artist’s life was a never-ending exploration of new challenges.

This retrospective will also be a milestone event for Japanese art lovers, as it will mark the first time for the superlative Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (1876) to be presented in this country. The exuberant faces of people at leisure, the gentle sunlight filtering through swaying trees, and the dynamic brushstrokes of this inspired work provide a singular opportunity to fully experience the true Renoir in all his glory.

The Swing 1876 Oil on canvas 92 x 73 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt / distributed by AMF
Bouquet in a Loggia c. 1880 Oil on canvas 40 x 51 cm Paris, musée de l'Orangerie, collection Jean Walter et Paul Guillaume © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de l'Orangerie) / Franck Raux / distributed by AMF
Seated Female Nude or The Toilette c. 1890 Black pencil, white chalk, sanguine, stump on cardboard 62 x 51 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Martine Beck-Coppola
The English Pear Tree c. 1873 Oil on canvas 66.5 x 81.5 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt / distributed by AMF

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