Archives of the Dream at Musée de l’Orangerie


The Musée de l’Orangerie has rehung its impressive permanent collection, and, until the end of June, augmented it with a temporary drawing expo. Both are worth walking across Paris to see.

In the permanent collection, new signage, in French and English, reveals artists as collector (and the museum’s benefactor) Paul Guillaume would have seen them: the sculptural qualities of Renoir’s paintings a result of his beginnings as a porcelain artist; in Cézanne’s break from Impressionism, his movement toward works that are more sketching than painting.

Interiors and odalisques by Matisse are hung opposite works by Picasso—in the spirit of a show that Guillaume organized.

The current temporary exhibit, “Archives of the Dream,” featuring lesser-known works from the Musée d’Orsay, delves into the world of dreams. Organized by subject matter and specific artists, it includes many inspired works: portraits by Fantin-Latour and Courbet, sketches by Millet, arts and crafts compositions by Walter Crane, renderings by Maurice Denis, early pastels by Degas, and water colors by Cézanne.

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