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In Concert! Musical Instruments in Art, 1860-1910

Exhibition 2017 in Giverny France, Museum of Impressionisms

from March 24th to July 2nd, 2017

The second half of the 19th Century is not only the time of a revolution in art with the birth of impressionist painting.

It is also a time for changes in music. New instruments are invented. Music enters in the homes of the upper middle-class, while a growing number of cafés-concerts, bals, brass bands, circus or operas attract crowds looking for leisure and fun.

Painters like Manet, Degas, Renoir, Berthe Morisot, but also Whistler, Toulouse-Lautrec or Bonnard depict these modern themes and motifs that are so typical of their times.

Just like painting, music evolves deeply. Composers like Debussy or Ravel invent a new descriptive music that will be called 'impressionist music'. In return, painting defends this new music, thus multiplying connections between the two art forms.

The exhibition displays hundred works or so featuring public preformances as well as parlour music and music lessons. It also shows the friendship between painters and musicians of the late 19th Century.  

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