The Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay
de Young Museum, San Francisco
May 22 – September 6, 2010
"Nearly 100 magnificent works by the famous masters who called France their home during the mid- to late-19th century and from whose midst arose one of the most original and recognizable of all artistic styles, Impressionism. The exhibition begins with paintings by the great academic artist Bouguereau and the arch-Realist Courbet, and includes American expatriate Whistler's Arrangement in Gray and Black, known to many as “Whistler's Mother.” Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Sisley are showcased with works dating from the 1860s through 1880s, along with a selection of Degas' paintings."
See also the companion exhibition:
Impressionist Paris: City of Light
Legion of Honor, San Francisco
5 June – 26 September