Impressionism Paintings – The Best Art Exhibitions in France 2019

Travelling to France this summer or in the second half of 2019? 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!

Name of Exhibition: The Klimt’s Nights

Location: Atelier des Lumières – 38 rue Saint-Maur, Paris
Dates: From 1st to 24 August 2019 / from 29 October to 2 November 2019 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
This wonderful sound and light extravagana is screening in the night-times only. This magical spectacle exhibits a journey through 100 years of Viennese paintings bold and colourful artworks of Gustav Klimt, his contemporaries and the next generation of artists he inspired.
Gustave Klimt at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris

Gustave Klimt at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris – Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra (CC BY 2.0)

Name of Exhibition: Berthe Morisot – Female Impressionist

Location: Musee D’Orsay
Dates: 18 June 2019 to 22 September 2019

Musee D’Orsay celebrates one of the Great Dames of Impressionism – Berthe Morisot. For many decades, the art historians ignored the accomplishments of the female impressionists. However now, major museums all overthe world are giving Morisot the exposure and credit that she rightly deserves. Morisot is not only an incredibly talented impressionism painter but also a woman who stood tall & proud in the male-dominated art world of the 19th century.

Berthe Morisot - Exhibition of Impressionism Paintings
Impressionism Painter – Berthe Morisot [Public Domain]

Name of Exhibition : Degas at the Opera

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

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.

Impressionism Paintings - Edgar Degas - Box in the Opera Painting
Edgar Degas Painting – The Box in the Opera [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.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painting
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1896 [Public Domain]

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

Art Exhibitions of Impressionism Paintings In Normandy

Name of Exhibition: Raoul Dufy in Le Havre

Where: Musée d’art moderne André Malraux
Dates : May 18 2019 to November 03, 2019

The Dufy exhibition depicts Raoul Dufy‘s strong connection to his town of birth, Le Havre. Throughout his painting career & even when he lived elsewhere, Dufy often returned to paint the seascapes of Le Havre. This exhibition is a collection of his Le Havre paintings, some of which belong to the Le Havre museum and others loaned from museums across the globe.

The Port of Le Havre - Exhibition of Raoul Dufy Impressionism paintings
The Port of Le Havre – Exhibition of Raoul Dufy Impressionism paintings

Name of Exhibition: BRAQUE, MIRÓ, CALDER, NELSON – A constellation of artists in Varengeville-sur-Mer

Where: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Dates: May 4, 2019 to Mon, September 2, 2019

A small artistic community emerged in the 1930s in a beautiful Normandy coastal town – Varengeville-sur-Mer. The artistic community included two Americans, sculptor Alexander Calder and Chicago-born architect Paul Nelson. It also included the Spanish artist, Joan Miró and the French Post-impressionism painter Georges Braque. The exhibition tells the story of their their friendship in face of growing European fascism & their exchanges of artistic ideas.

Georges Braque Paintings - The Duet
Georges Braque Painting – The Duet

Art Exhibitions of Impressionism Paintings In Southern France

Exhibition: Joan Miró. Beyond painting

Where: Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence
Dates: From June 29 and November 17, 2019

Fondation Maeght is celebrating the Spanish artist Joan Miró. Miro was a friend and a major contributor in the creation of this museum. The exhibition shows the visitor the remarkable talent of Joan Miro. It includes 200 Miro artworks and a few unseen gouaches.

Joan Miro Exhibition:   Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence
Joan Miro Exhibition: Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence

Matisse Museum: ANDRÉ OSTIER – Artists’ portraits

Where: Matisse Museum, Nice
Dates: June 13th until 1 September 2019

The Matisse Museum presents a collection of more than one hundred photographs by André Ostier (1906-1994). Ostier was mainly a fashion photograper, however he also loved to photograph the French art scene of the 20th century. This exhibition shows fabulous, intimate photos of some of the greatest painters and sculptors. On the walls are photos of Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and many others.

Marc Chagall - Photograph by André Ostier
Marc Chagall – Photograph by André Ostier

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

Carrieres de Lumieres at Les Baux-de-Provence
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)