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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many art museums around the world are closed. Many exhibitions are either not happening or being postponed. I will try to keep the dates of the exhibitions updated but please keep in mind that they could change (again) during these uncertain times.

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Impressionism Paintings : Must See Art Exhibitions in France in 2021

Traveling to France? Are you a fan of the Impressionism Painters? Below is a comprehensive list of exhibitions of Impressionism paintings scheduled in France in 2021.

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

When: From February 28, 2020 until January 17, 2021
Where: Atelier des Lumières, Paris

Atelier des Lumières in Paris is presenting a stunning sound and light show of the Impressionists, post-impressionists and French modern artists. These painters depicted onto their canvases the stunning 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 view the colorful artworks of 20 famous French artists such as Monet, Chagall, Renoir, Pissarro, Signac, Matisse, Dufy, Derain, Bonnard and more.

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 the stunning artworks of these famous French artists.

An exhibition that transports you & your senses to the beautiful landscapes of Southern France

All these painters fell under the spell during their time spent in Southern France. They loved 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

The exhibitions starts with the impressionism artworks from the 19th century. It then moves on to all the different art movements that followed in the 20th century, such as fauvism, the pointillism, symbolism and cubism.

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  by Matisse
Henri Matisse painting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Nice

Name of Exhibition: Soutine / De Kooning

Where: Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris
When: 15 September 2021 to 10 January 2022

For the first time, the Musée de l’Orangerie is presenting a duo exhibition of the artists Chaïm Soutine (1893–1943) and Willem de Kooning (1904-1997).

Soutine was a Belarus post-impressionism artist and an active member of the School of Paris. Willem de Kooning was a Dutch-American Abstract Expressionist, whose artworks were greatly influenced by Soutine.

The exhibition will consist of around fifty artworks, showing the distinctive worlds of the two painters and the commonality between them. It will focus on themes such as the contrast between shape and formlessness, human faces, landscapes and the painting of flesh.

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Chaim Soutine Post-Impressionism Painting
Chaim Soutine Painting
Willem de Kooning painting
Willem de Kooning painting

The Ivan Morozov collection (Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Picasso & others)

Where: The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris
When: September 22, 2021 until February 22, 2022

The Louis Vuitton Fondation is planning a once in a lifetime exhibition of the incredible art collection of the wealthy Russian brothers Mikhail and Ivan  Morozov. This show will include major impressionism artworks of the giants such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Picasso and other big names. These paintings have rarely been exhibited outside of Russia so this will be a one time opportunity!

The Morozovs were one of the major Russian families that established the concept of “patron of the arts” in early 20th century Russia. The family started collecting artworks of young Russian painters but later on they started acquiring French artworks of the impressionists and postimpressionists.

For details of ticket prices and opening hours of the museum, go to the website of Vuitton Fondation.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir Impressionism Painting from the Morozov Collection
Pierre-Auguste Renoir Painting from the Morozov Collection

Exhibition: Garden side. From Monet to Bonnard

When: April 1, 2021 until November 1, 2021
Where: Giverny Museum of Impressionism

The exhibition provides an opportunity to view the strong relationship of art with gardens.

Gardens were a popular subject matter for the impressionists. They represented a place of rest, relaxation, beauty and leisure. They also offered a vibrant scene of color and light that constantly transformed and changed when painted at different times of day, in changing seasons and under different weather conditions.

Many of the artists, such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot & Paul Cezanne had their own magnificent gardens that provided them with endless artistic inspiration.

Claude Monet photo in his garden in Giverny
Photo of Claude Monet in his garden in Giverny

Claude Monet loved his garden so much that he said:

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”

And indeed, Monet captured his magnificent gardens onto his canvases hundreds of times.

This exhibition will showcase around one hundred different paintings, drawings and prints of the Impressionists and Nabis painters. It will show how they all enjoyed capturing the beauty and colors of garden scenes.

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Exhibition: Signac

When: 5 March until 19 July 2021 (Because of the pandemic, please check the museum website for updates)
Where: Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

This exhibition will focus on the artworks of Paul Signac (1863- 1935), a master of landscapes and one of the founders of pointillism art. Signac’s artworks will be displayed in a chronological order. It will start with the first Impressionism paintings that he created under the influence of Claude Monet. The exhibition will then show his brightly colored paintings that he made in his later years during his artistic association with the neo-impressionist, Georges Seurat. It will be a beautiful collection, never before seen!

Also on display in this exhibition, will be around twenty paintings of other notable impressionism and post-impressionism artists of his time. You will view artworks of Camille Pissarro, Maximilien Luce, Henri-Edmond Cross, Georges Seurat & many others.

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Paul Signac neo-impressionism painting
Paul Signac Painting – Pointillism
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