French Impressionism at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

For a rare cultural experience in Paris this spring, Le Bristol’s Head Concierge Sonia Papet recommends a visit to the Louis Vuitton Foundation for an exhibition entitled The Courtauld Collection: A Vision For Impressionism.

Edouard Manet. Bar aux Folies-Bergère, 1882. Huile sur toile 96 x 130 cm. The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London


‘Pick an afternoon and just go’, says Sonia, ‘you will not regret it.’

This collection includes some of the world’s most celebrated Impressionist paintings, with over one hundred works by artists like Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh and other visionaries of the late 19th/early 20thcentury period.

The Courtauld Collection belonged to British industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld, and is now on exhibit in Paris for the first time in sixty years. Samuel Courtauld founded the Courtauld Gallery in London in 1932 as a permanent space to display his vast collection. He collected art from the Renaissance period onward, but was particularly fond of the French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting styles. A highly respected art patron of his day, Courtauld is credited for establishing Paul Cezanne’s reputation in the UK after acquiring several of the painter’s works.

This exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation whisks the visitor back in time for an immersion into French life during the optimistic turn-of-the-century period referred to as the Belle Époque. The iconic work A Bar at the Folies Bergère by Édouard Manet is a definite highlight, but there is much to discover even in the lesser-known pieces by the masters of Impressionism. The exhibit is open Tuesday-Sunday until 17 June.

Find out more and book your visit here.

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