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From Tuesday, December 3 2019 to Sunday, March 1 2020

Well-known author, forgotten art critic.

A pivotal writer from the end of the 19th century, Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907) remains an art critic who’s little known or misunderstood by the general public. His contribution to the artistic press and the aesthetic debate was, however, as decisive as the impact of his novel Against the Grain.
The exhibition therefore aims to show that Zola's early emulator secretly, and then openly, acted as heir to Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil. And the public is thus invited to regain a foothold in a specific moment of European art and modern sensibility, at the crossroads of the naturalistic thrust of the 1870s, the decadentism of the 1880s-1890s and the "return" to the Primitives against the background of Catholic renaissance.

Musée d'Orsay - Orsay Museum
1, rue de la Légion-d'Honneur
75007 Paris

Phone number
01 40 49 48 14

01 45 44 63 82


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