Joris-Karl Huysmans – Art Critic exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay until 1st March 2020

It seems like art collectors like Félix Fénéon and art critics like Joris-Karl Huysmans are now as famous as the artists themselves!

The Musée d’Orsay, not far from our hotels, offers you the chance to explore Husymans’ world, showing how important his writings (both in the press and his novels) were decisive in the art world of the late 19th century.

Exposition Joris-Karl Huysmans critique d'art - De Degas à Grünewald, sous le regard de Francesco Vezzoli au Musée d'Orsay jusqu'au 1 mars 2020

Writing with a lucidity that marked and scandalised his peers, Joris-Karl Huysmans was the instigator of a many a scandal in his era (the end of the Second Empire), writing about Degas, Manet, Caillebotte and others.

This new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay explains his influence in the art world and shows the very paintings he referred to.

Exposition Joris-Karl Huysmans critique d'art - De Degas à Grünewald, sous le regard de Francesco Vezzoli au Musée d'Orsay jusqu'au 1 mars 2020
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Interestingly, the exhibition is also a collaboration with contemporary artist Francesco Vezzoli who his designed the staging, three types of ambiance and approach based on colour, as he explain in the video below.

The artist has also concocted “The Decadent Soundtrack”, which associates a selection of pieces from the exhibition with seven famous modern-day songs. Very intriguing…

Prepare yourself for a surprising and unusual exhibition where you’ll get to know a character as influential as he is little-known…

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The exhibition Joris-Karl Huysmans – Art Critic. From Degas to Grünewald, in the Eye of Francesco Vezzoli is at the Musée d’Orsay (here) until 1st March 2020

Open every day except Mondays from 9.30am-6pm (9.45pm Thursdays)

Admission: 14€ / 11€

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Cette semaine, avec "The Decadent Soundtrack", l'artiste italien Francesco Vezzoli ose l'association entre sélection d'œuvres de l'exposition "Huysmans critique d'art. De Degas à Grünewald, sous le regard de Francesco Vezzoli" et 7 célèbres chansons contemporaines. #3: 🖼 Francesco Vezzoli, "L'Innocente (Ida Rubinstein)" et "Il Piacere (Isadora Duncan)" / 🎶 Jacques Brel, "La chanson des vieux amants". . This week, with "The Decadent Soundtrack", Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli dares the association between selection of works from the exhibition "Huysmans Art Critic. From Degas to Grünewald, in the Eye of Francesco Vezzoli" and 7 famous contemporary songs. #3: 🖼 Francesco Vezzoli, "L'Innocente (Ida Rubinstein)" and "Il Piacere (Isadora Duncan)" / 🎶 Jacques Brel, "La chanson des vieux amants [Song of the old lovers]". . Et plus le temps nous fait cortège Et plus le temps nous fait tourment Mais n'est-ce pas le pire piège Que vivre en paix pour des amants Bien sûr tu pleures un peu moins tôt Je me déchire un peu plus tard Nous protégeons moins nos mystères On laisse moins faire le hasard On se méfie du fil de l'eau Mais c'est toujours la tendre guerre . #museedorsay #museeorsay #orsaymuseum #artmuseum #artgallery #fineart #beauxarts #artexhibition #art #museum #Paris #peinture #painting #Huysmans #exposition #exhibition #francescovezzoli . © Courtesy of the Artist

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