US Exhibits The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photograph Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Orsay – U.S. Collaborations

In 2014-16, the Orsay and the Orangerie museums send over 200 objects to the United States in support of collaborative projects with 26 art museums, including:

  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York (Gauguin: Metamorphoses)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux)
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (Degas/Cassatt – Gustave Caillebotte. The Painter’s Eye)
  • The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, and Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (The World is An Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne)
  • Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (Monet’s Mornings on the Seine)
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, and Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (Working Among the Flowers: French Still Life in the 19th Century)
  • Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay, Gustave Caillebotte. The Painter’s Eye)
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (Paul Durand-Ruel. Champion of Impressionism)
  • De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (Pierre Bonnard)



From the time Guy Cogeval was appointed Président of the Musée d’Orsay in 2008, he began to strengthen ties between the museum and the American public. This interest was seen in the formation of the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay, along with the museum’s increased commitment to programs of loans, participation in exhibitions, and collaborations with museums in the United States.  When the Orsay realized that it would be closing its entire fifth floor for renovations in 2010 in anticipation of the museum’s 25th anniversary in 2011, it made the surprising move to loan more than 100 of its masterpieces to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Nicolas Sarkozy, then President of the French Republic, supported the decision making the following comment:

Each of these two shows brings together masterpieces that, once they return to the Musée d’Orsay, will never again be loaned out for exhibition as a group. I hope they will excite the interest of the American public in order to strengthen further the links between our two countries.

Following its presentation in San Francisco, The Impressionism exhibition traveled to the Frist Museum for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee and marked the beginning of the Orsay’s commitment to an ongoing collaboration and program of loans to the United States.