Guy Cogeval, Président Orsay and Orangerie Museums, Marlene and Spencer Hays, 2012 ©AFMO/Anastasia Nielson

Spencer & Marlene Hays Collection

Tucked in the rolling hills of suburban Nashville, Tennessee is an exquisite hotel particulier made of French limestone, a precise duplicate of its 18th century counterpart located in the 7th arrondissement, Paris. It is home to Marlene and Spencer Hays, today guiding lights of the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay.  The American art lovers, have been passionate about French culture for decades, and over time created an outstanding collection of 19th century and early 20th century works.

The bonds of friendship established between the Hays and the director of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie have now enabled this collection to be exhibited. Works include the seventh panel of Édouard Vuillard’s Public Gardens; the Musée d’Orsay already has five of the nine panels, as well as works by Bonnard, Ranson and Roussel, and several of Vuillard’s enchanting paintings, decorative panels by Maurice Denis and two Symbolist masterpieces by Redon. The 1860s and the Impressionist period are also well represented with works by Fantin-Latour, Tissot, Caillebotte, Berthe Morisot and Eva Gonzalès.

On view April 16, 2013 – August 19, 2013