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1874, The birth of impressionism – Premiere at Fipadoc

18 January 2024

On Wednesday January 24 at 8:30 pm, the film made its world premiere as a special ARTE screening at the FIPADOC International Documentary Festival. A packed house of 700 enthusiastic viewers!


April 15, 1874, boulevard des Capucines, Paris: a group of young feverish painters shunned by the official Salon and mocked by the classical masters, chose to come together to exhibit their paintings freely, in the studio of photographer Nadar. At the end of a teeming century, when modernity was emerging, this group of rebellious artists, revolutionized the world of art. Among them Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Morisot, Degas, Sisley and Pissarro. To celebrate the birth of Impressionism 150years ago the Musée d’Orsay will host the largest retrospective ever in March 2024. Based on unpublished research, and unique 3D recreation this documentary looks back at this key moment in the history of art.

A film by: Julien Johan & Hugues Nancy

Production: GEDEON Programmes – Stéphane Millière & Corine Janin

In coproduction with: ARTE France & MUSÉE D’ORSAY

In partnership with : Les Voyages impressionnistes

With the support of: La Région Normandie

With the participation of: Histoire TV

Length : 95 minutes

© ARTE France – GEDEON Programmes – Établissement public du musée d’Orsay et du musée de l’Orangerie – Valery Giscard d’Estaing – 2024