Joris-Karl Huysmans, Art Critic. From Degas to Grünewald at the Musée d’Orsay

Published by Cécile D. · Published on 25 November 2019 at 12h29
From November 26, 2019 to March 1, 2020, Paris Musée d’Orsay presents the “Joris-Karl Huysmans, Art critic. From Degas to Grünewald” exhibition. Art or literature fans, this exhibition aims at touching everyone and impress everyone.

The musée d'Orsay keeps on filling its exhibitions about Edgar Degas in. With Huysmans, Art Critic. From Degas to Grünewald, in the Eye of Francesco Vezzoli, the institution offers a new look on the painter, the eye of an art critic, Joris-Karl Huysmans. Connoisseurs or neophytes, let’s meet at the museum from Tuesday November 26, 2019 to Sunday March 1, 2020 to discover this unmissable name of the cultural life in the 19th century.

This exhibition should delight art and literature lovers. Those who never heard of Joris-Karl Huysmans will meet a major art critic from the late 19th century. Journalist and writer, Hyusmans was a leader in the aesthetic debates of his time by highlighting major painters such as Rembrandt and Manet.

The man is today pretty unknown by the public. And yet, he used to be considered as Zola’s “symbolic son”, Baudelaire’s heir. Romantic literature fans can discover his writing work such as his novel “A Rebours” that changed the literary world in the 19th century.

Through him, the Musée d’Orsay also highlights a main period in the art world where different aesthetic movements meet. The exhibition, revolving around several sequences, show different paintings critiqued by Huysmans. We find works painted by Manet, Gervex, Gauguin or Forain, offering a large and interesting sample of this art period.

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Italian artist and moviemaker Francesco Vezzoli brings his own eye on Huysmans’ career. He’s been inspired by the journalist’s life to create a striking installation. The artist wished to display the critic’s main art moments, those delighting Huysmans because of the style of new artists. His discoveries of Degas and Grünewald mark main changes that Francesco Vezzoli wants to highlight.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 26 November 2019 to 1 March 2020



    62 rue de Lille
    75007 Paris 7

    - de 25 ans: Free
    tarif réduit: €11
    tarif plein: €14

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