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"Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay 1999
— The Dreams and Realities of the 19th Century"
1999-09-14 until 1999-12-12
National Museum of Western Art
This exhibition presents a continuation of the well-received La Modernité — Collection du
Musée dOrsay held in 1996 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and the Kobe City
Museum of Art (with the curatorial assistance of The National Museum of Western Art).
The theme of the current exhibition is the two main trends in 19th century European art,
namely the romantic or idealist trend and the realist trend. These two movements were at
once mutually antagonistic and interacting, with both producing dynamic experiments in
the search for ever newer forms of expression. The present exhibition is divided into five
sections introducing separate themes and features close to 200 works from a variety of
genres, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, architectural design, drawings, and
photographs. All of the works are superb examples drawn from the collections of the
Musée dOrsay, and include works famous in art history by artists such as Manet, Monet,
Van Gogh, and Henri Rousseau. In addition to the exhibitins introduction of the specific
themes chosen for this exhibition, this selection of works provides an overview of the
Musée dOrsays entire collection.