18 Sep 2014
18 Jan 2015



Impression, Sunrise, the painting that gave the name to Impressionism and the flagship of the Musée Marmottan Monet is one of the most famous paintings in the world. The enigma of the history of this work has not yet had a comprehensive study. Instead, for nearly forty years, the mystery seems to grow around the masterpiece : What does the painting truly represent? A sunrise or sunset? When was it painted? In 1872 or in 1873? What happened to the painting at the end of the first Impressionist exhibition? Why did it join in 1940, the collection of the Musée Marmottan, an institution originally dedicated to the First Empire and which was home to no Impressionist paintings? Why this date, and under what circumstances?

As part of the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Musée Marmottan and on the occa- sion of the 140th anniversary of the first public exhibition of ‘Impression, Sunrise’ the Musée Marmottan Monet decided to initiate the investigation and organize from September 18th, 2014 – January 18th, 2015, the first exhibition ever dedicated to the painting that founded Impressionism.

Around ‘Impression, Sunrise,’ the exhibition presents a careful selection of twenty-six works by Claude Monet, as well as thirty-five works from Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Johan Barthold Jongkind, WilliamTurner, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Stevens, Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, old photographs by Gustave Le Gray, Emile Letellier, and a selection of historical documents, many of which have never been published. The works will be coming from some of the largest French museums (Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy...) as well as foreign (National Gallery, London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Städel Museum, Francfort-sur-Main; National Museum Wales, Cardiff) and private collections.The National Library, the historical library of the city of Paris, the Paris archives, the library and archives of Le Havre are also actively involved in the project.

The exhibition features 61 paintings and graphic works, including 26 works by Claude Monet and 45 documents mostly unpublished, from museums and private collections worldwide. It traces the journey of Impression, Sunrise and reveals a new page in history for this icon which until now has been entirely unknown.

Curators : Marianne Mathieu, joint director in charge of collections at Musée Marmottan Monet and Dominique Lobstein, Art Historian.


General information

Opening hours
Daily: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesdays until 9 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th

Price List
Full price: 11 euros
Reduced price: 6,5 euros
On production of proof of eligibility: Under 18's, students under 25 years old, teachers, job-seekers, beneficiaries of the RSA (Active Solidarity Revenue), guides of disabled people, members of the « Amis du Louvre », members of « la Maison des Artistes », agents of the french Ministry of the Interior

Free Access
On production of proof of eligibility: Children under 7 years old, disabled people, journalists, tour guides, members of the « Institut de France », ICOM, ICOMOS

Audio-guides : 3 euros

Available languages: French / English
Contents permanent collections and/or temporary exhibition(s)
Duration: 1h30
Obtain from the cloakroom
after payment at the cashdesk

Combined-priority pass tickets
Marmottan Monet Museum, Paris & Monet Foundation, Giverny
April 1st to november 1st included

Full price: 18,50 euros
Reduced price: 9 euros, on production of proof of eligibility (Under 18's, students under 25 years old)
Disabled people : 4 euros, on production of proof of eligibility
Free access: Children under 7 years old, on production of proof of eligibility


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