Orsay Museum - In Colour: Polychrome Sculpture in France 1850-1910

Relatively unknown, 19th century polychrome sculpture is one of the key facets of the history of the discipline. Until the beginning of this century, the only colours permitted in statuary were the white of marble and the monochrome patina of bronzes. But the discovery of the use of polychromy in ancient architecture and sculpture changed people’s perspective, as well as generating heated debate.
The exhibition presents a selective overview of this very particular aspect of 19th century art through an ensemble of around fifty works from the collections of the Musée d'Orsay.

Start date: June 12, 2018
End date: September 9, 2018
Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
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