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Impressionism Paintings – The Best Art Exhibitions in France 2019

Travelling to France? Are you a fan of the Impressionism Painters? Below is a comprehensive list of Impressionism exhibitions currently showing in Paris and all over France.

Art Exhibitions of Impressionism Painters In Paris:

Name of Exhibition: Picasso – Magic Paintings

Location: Musée national Picasso-Paris 
Dates: 1st October 2019-23 February 2020

This exhibition displays Picasso’s paintings from the four year period, between 1926 -1930. During these years, Pablo Picasso painted principally figurative paintings. Christian Zervos, an art historian, critic & collector called these paintings “Tableaux magiques”.

Exhibition of Impressionism Paintings - Picasso
Exhibition Picasso -Magic Paintings

Name of Exhibition: Van Gogh, Starry Night

Location: Atelier des Lumières – 38 rue Saint-Maur, Paris
Dates: 22 February 2019 to 31 December 2019

This art exhibition is actually an incredible, multi-sensory sound and light extravaganza. Currently, Atelier des Lumières is displaying two feature shows 1. Japanese art and 2. Vincent Van Gogh. The venue is a massive warehouse with huge walls. The walls, ceilings and floors literally come alive with projected moving paintings. This show literally immerses you into the colorful art world of the painter! This is an extremely popular attraction in Paris and tickets sell out quickly. Make sure to buy tickets online at least one week in advance!

Exhibition: Van Gogh, Starry Nightat the Atelier des Lumières

Name of Exhibition : Degas at the Opera

Where: Musée d’Orsay
Dates: 24 September 2019 until 19 January 2020

When: From March 1, 2020 until July 5, 2020
Venue: The National Gallery of Art, Washington

This amazing exhibition will first show in Paris and then afterwards move to Washington D.C.

One of EdgarDegas‘s favourite painting subjects was the Opera. However he depicted not only the Opera spectacle on the stage but also other scenes surrounding the Opera. He painted the foyers, the dance studios & the auditorium . He also portrayed the musicians, dancers, singers and the audience. His beautiful paintings give us a glimpse into 19th century Paris and the Opera gala. The exhibition also coincides with the city’s celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opera.

Ballerinas at the Old Opera House, Paris - Edgar Degas Pastels
Dancers at the Old Opera House, Paris – Edgar Degas Pastels [Public Domain]

Name of Exhibition : Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Where: Grand Palais 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris
Dates: 9 October 2019 until 27 January 2020

In this exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec‘s paintings depict Paris life, predominantly in the working class neighbourhood of Montmartre. His canvases provide an artistic commentary of the vices and decadence of 19th century Paris.

Toulouse-Lautrec, 1896 - post impressionism paintings
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1896 – post impressionism painting

Name of Exhibition: Felix Fénéon (1861-1944). The Modern Times, from Seurat to Matisse

Where: Musée de l’Orangerie
Dates: 16 October 2019 to 27 January 2020

This exhibition is dedicated to Félix Fénéon (1861-1944), an signficant French art collector who acquired a large number of masterpieces, including African & Oceanian sculptures. He was a huge supporter of the avant garde movements at a time when Paris art critics rejected them. This exhibition brings together the wonderful Fénéon collection. This inclues artworks by the post-impressionism painters: Seurat, Signac, Degas, Bonnard, Modigliani, Matisse & many others.

Portrait of Félix Fénéon - painting by Paul Signac
Portrait of Félix Fénéon – painting by Paul Signac

Exhibition: Van Gogh, Starry Night & Dreamed Japan, Images of a Floating World – Ukiyo-e

Carrieres de Lumieres at Les Baux-de-Provence, Southern France
Dates: Until December 5, 2020

In the heart of Alpilles & carved inside the caves of an unused limestone quarry is the stunning venue of “Carrieres de Lumieres”. This is an incredible, multi-sensory sound & light art show. It immerses the visitor into the colorful world of the artist. The moving images of paintings are projected onto the huge walls, ceiling and floors. This attraction is very popular! I highly recommend that you book tickets in advance.  Press here for details.

Carrieres de Lumieres - Van Gogh Sound & Light Show

Carrieres de Lumieres – Van Gogh Sound & Light Show / Photo by Gilles Couteau (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Exhibition: Gauguin and the Impressionists

Where: Royal Academy of Arts, London
When: 19th March 2020 to 14th June 2020.

The Ordupgaard Collection in Denmark is one of the most stunning Impressionism collections in Europe. Next spring, 60 paintings from this collection will be showing at the exhibition “Gaugin and the Impressionists” at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

This stunning exhibition will showcase over sixty artworks of the prominent impressionism painters, such as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Morisot and Degas, many of which have never been viewed in the United Kingdom.

Paul Gauguin landscape painting
Paul Gauguin landscape painting

In addition, paintings by the post-impressionism artist Paul Gauguin will also be displayed, spanning his entire artistic career.

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Exhibition: Monet, Renoir… Chagall – Journeys around the Mediterranean

When: From February 28, 2020 until December 31 2020
Where: Atelier des Lumières, Paris

In 2020, Atelier des Lumières in Paris will commence a stunning sound and light show of the colorful paintings of the Impressionists, postimpressionists and modern artists depicting the landscapes, towns and scenery of Southern France.

In this state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition, you will see how the famous artists depicted the Mediterranean region. You will see the colorful artworks of 20 famous French artists such as Monet, Chagall, Renoir, Pissarro, Signac, Matisse, Dufy, Derain, Bonnard and more.

All these painters spent time in Southern France. They all fell for the bold colors, bright lights, medieval villages and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. Some of them stayed for a few months only like Monet and Pissarro. Others moved permanently to the region, such as Renoir to Cagnes-sur-Mer, Bonnard to Le Cannet, Matisse & Dufy to Nice and Signac to Saint Tropez.

Antibes, Southern France - Claude Monet Impressionism Painting
Antibes, Southern France – Claude Monet Impressionism Painting

These paintings are part of the rich history of French modern art. They start from the 19th century taking to all the art movements of that era. We will see impressionism paintings and also the artworks of the post-impressionists and modern artists.

More than 500 paintings will be projected onto 2000 square meters of massive walls, ceilings and floors. You will be completely immersed into the magical beauty of the Mediterranean region through their artworks.

Tip – I recommend that you book online in order to avoid waiting in long queues. This is an extremely popular attraction in Paris and queues are often very long.

Seated Woman Back Turned to the Open Window
Henri Matisse painting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Nice