Pierre-Auguste Renoir Nude amid landscape1883 Musée de l\\\'Orangerie, Paris © PhotoRMN - Jean Schormans
The great names in modern French art, including Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Monet, Modigliani, Derain and Picasso, are showcased at their finest in Renoir to Picasso; Masterpieces from the Musée de l'Orangerie Paris.
This spectacular exhibition, comprising 81 paintings, comes from a legendary collection founded by the great Parisian art dealer Paul Guillaume, whose remarkable achievement was to persuade wealthy Parisians that avant-garde art was a highly desirable status symbol. He was the man who made collecting modern art the smart thing to do. Guillaume's widow Domenica, who subsequently married the mining tycoon Jean Walter, bequeathed the Walter-Guillaume collection to the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris where it has been on view since 1984.
The paintings in this collection encapsulate the energy and innovative spirit of Paris in the early twentieth century. They perfectly evoke the period between the two world wars, when there was a desire for an affirmative form of modern art; one that reconciled tradition with innovation, popular culture with a cosmopolitan sophistication, simplicity with opulence, pleasure with intellectual rigour.