Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Le foyer de la danse à l'Opéra de la rue Le Peletier, 1872, musée d'Orsay © photo musée d'Orsay / rmn

Philadelphia Event: French Art on Bastille Day

On July 14, AFMO organized a day of first rate art tours in Philadelphia. Members were welcomed privately at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and The Barnes Foundation.  Once again, AFMO has demonstrated the ability to provide their members with great value and a significant cultural experience, all relating to the Orsay and Orangerie collections.

At the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, the group enjoyed a talk about the ongoing exhibition Discovering the Impressionists. Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting by curator Jennifer Thompson. She explained the importance of the great art dealer Durand-Ruel  in launching the Impressionists.   A delicious lunch was then served in the Private Dining Room before touring the exhibition. This visit was followed by a private tour at the Rodin Museum, opened especially for AFMO.

Then, Executive Director and President, Thom Collins, welcomed us to the Barnes while the museum was closed to the public and took us through the collection, pointing out paintings acquired through Durand-Ruel – 130 works!

We hope you will enthusiastically support our future events, join us and bring your friends! Our events in Washington and San Francisco should be equally as special. Next spring, AFMO will celebrate the Orsay’s 30th Anniversary in Paris with exceptional private events, art tours and a Gala dinner featuring first rate Bordeaux wines.

Thank you to our members and our generous hosts for opening their doors on this special day and thank you to our corporate sponsors.