Great news for art lovers traveling to Paris. In two weeks the Musée d’Orsay plans to open its newly remodeled impressionist wing, Nouvel d’Orsay. Many changes are in the works; updated lighting, reorganization of the rooms, use of new spaces and a complete rehang. In a comment from Guy Cogeval, director of the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, reveals his reasoning on the use of wall color, “White kills all painting apart from 20th century and contemporary art. When you put an Academic or an Impressionist painting against a white background, the radiance of the white, its indeterminate aura around the work prevents the sometimes very subtle contrasts of values from being revealed. In my view, white is the enemy of painting.”
We think even those who have already toured the impressionist wing at the Musée d’Orsay are bound to find new experience and excitement in their masterpieces. The impressionist collection includes; 34 Manets, 86 Monets, 43 Degas, 56 Cezannes, 81 Renoirs, 24 Van Goghs, and 24 Gaugins.