Aug 12, 2010

Impressions of Paris...IN San Francisco

As I settle into my new home in Northern California, I find myself seeing Europe everywhere. ON the television last night a movie set in the south of France, near my home in Ste. Maxime. A place near my home in Tiburon makes fresh pain au chocolat. That there is not a single French speaking person inside the patisserie does not alarm me (should it?), and the pains are pas mal. And now, the discovery that the Musee d'Orsay, the famous railway station turned eminent museum, has lent the de Young Museum in San Francisco 100 of its paintings...I am transported, if only for a moment. Here's the scoop.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Musée d’Orsay have joined forces for a very special exhibitions, "Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay" and "Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay", which will be on view at the de Young Museum for a combined eight months beginning in May 2010 and ending in January 2011. Each exhibition will include approximately 100 paintings from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection and highlights the work of nearly 40 artists including some of the world's most famous paintings, and some favorites, like this one posted above, Claude Monet's "Rue Montorgueil". I love it. The street today is as lively as Monet depicted in 1878 and home to many cafes, shops, food stalls and bakeries like La Maison Stohrer, one of the oldest bakeries in Paris.

From June 17 through September 2, the de Young presents Impressionism at Twilight every Thursday evening, featuring reduced admission fees and extended viewing hours for Birth of Impressionism until 8:45 pm (last ticket at 7:30 pm), a French prix fixe menu in the café and magnificent sunset views of the city and the Pacific from the de Young Tower’s ninth-floor observation deck. Adult/senior/student admission for Impressionism at Twilight is $16 and youth admission is $10. Tickets for members are free.

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