150 years ago, on April 15, 1874, the first impressionist exhibition opened in Paris.

“Hungry for independence”, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Sisley and Cézanne finally decided to free themselves from the rules by holding their own exhibition, outside official channels: impressionism was born.

To celebrate this anniversary, Musée d’Orsay is presenting some 130 works and bringing a fresh eye to bear on this key date, regarded as the day that launched the avant-gardes.

Further details can be found below.

Exhibition Paris 1874 Inventing impressionism | Musée d’Orsay (musee-orsay.fr)