Impressionism: A Centenary Exhibition

By Anne Distel

Once the Musees Nationaux de France started to set up this exhibition, it grew to become glaring that it might be tricky to hold via such an firm satisfactorily with no the aid of an affiliate within the usa, the place such a lot of masterpieces of the Impressionist tuition are to be discovered. the alternative of the Metropolitan Museum of artwork was once the outcome not just of the scale and caliber of its selection of Impressionist works but in addition — and maybe extra importantly — of the shut and pleasant family that experience lengthy existed among the Metropolitan and the Reunion des Musees Nationaux de France, in particular the Louvre.

Accordingly, an contract used to be labored out for a joint attempt to prevent pageant for loans, mix the institutions' powers of persuasion, and probably facilitate issues of transportation and insurance.

We believe that those first steps in overseas cooperation open the best way to arresting or no less than attenuating the aggressive fight that exists among the good museums of the area, a fight financially burdensome and unacceptable while practiced via associations that finally practice a similar cultural activity.

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