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Discover Magritte / Renoir at the Musée de l'Orangerie

The museums officially reopen their doors on May 19. An opportunity to fill up on exhibitions in the Beaugency hotel district. Starting with Magritte / Renoir: surrealism in the sun at the Musée de l'Orangerie. A chance to dive into the heart of a little-known period of the famous Belgian surrealist painter.

 

Are you in need of cultural activities after these long months of confinement? Treat yourself to a stroll under the sign of art by discovering the exhibition Magritte / Renoir: surrealism in the sun. To do this, head for the Tuileries Gardens in Paris.

 

This is where the Musée de l'Orangerie is located, only a twenty-minute walk from the Beaugency Hotel. Located at the western end of the Terrasse du bord de l'eau, not far from the Place de la Concorde, the Musée de l'Orangerie focuses on impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

Magritte, in a new light

To celebrate a return to an (almost) normal life, the museum invites the emblematic leader of the Belgian surrealists: René Magritte. But from a singular angle. Here, no essential works such as The Son of Man.

Instead, the exhibition explores a more intimate and sunny period of the artist, which spanned from 1943 to 1947.  Thus, some sixty paintings and forty drawings are on display.

Each work is compared with the creations of other great names in art, including Auguste Renoir, a major source of inspiration. The exhibition also compares Magritte's works with those of Picabia and Jeff Koons. This opens another chapter in Magritte's work.

A surrealism with a solar style

 

In contrast to his usual style, this "Renoir" period of Magritte shows flowers, trees, birds, women... In other words, the traditional paraphernalia of happiness. A luminous atmosphere, in radical contrast with the troubled times in which it comes to life. Namely the end of the Second World War.

In the end, this period, confidential, led Magritte to create a project of reform of Surrealism: the "Manifesto for a Surrealism in the sun". A manifesto that would be refuted en bloc by André Breton in 1946.

 

After your artistic escapade, don't hesitate to take advantage of the reopening of the stores. It's time to shop at attractive prices. Finally, after your busy stroll, take a seat on one of the neighborhood's terraces. Le Centenaire, the Tourville or the Café des Officiers...It's up to you to choose your favorite spot.

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