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Huysmans' "Eye" Manet, Degas, Moreau

This wide-ranging exhibition devoted to the writer and art critic Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907) is the fruit of extensive cooperation between the Musée d'Orsay and Strasbourg's Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. A multi-faceted personality whose writings reveal a "fin de siècle" mind often considered decadent, the author of À Rebours (1885) was also an informed commentator on the Paris salons and, before turning to the Symbolists or, in his last work, the Primitives, an ardent defender of Impressionism and its modernity.

With some 270 works (paintings, drawings, prints, objects) accompanied by manuscripts from the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal library, the exhibition shows some of the finest Impressionist and Symbolist works from the Musée d'Orsay: works by Caillebotte, Redon, Degas and Gustave Moreau, as well as Manet and the strange Félicien Rops. The exhibition also includes numerous works and objects belonging to Strasbourg's Museum collections, the scientific collections of the "Jardin des Sciences", the Mineralogical Museum and the Botanical Institute, as well as loans from the National and University Library. All these works, as well as numerous loans from national institutions, give this project an encyclopedic scope. It offers visitors different points of entry into the work of a writer who was a discerning "eye" of his time (Rémy de Gourmont).

Exhibition Curators: Estelle Pietrzyk, Head Curator, Directress of the MAMCS, Stéphane Guégan, Adviser to the Presidency of the Orsay and Orangerie Museums, André Guyaux, Professor of French Literature at Paris-Sorbonne University