The American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay

invite Paris Art Studies for a special tour with Chris Boïcos of the great


Manet / Degas Exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

(28 March – 23 July 2023)


On Thursday, 6 April 2023

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Edouard Manet, The Balcony, 1868, Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Edouard Manet, The Balcony, 1868, Paris, Musée d'Orsay

We are very grateful to the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay* for their kind invitation to tour this exceptional and already oversubscribed exhibition.


Édouard Manet (1832-1883) and Edgar Degas (1834-1917) both played a pivotal role in the birth of modern painting from the 1860s to the 1880s. Before and after the advent of Impressionism, which the exhibition looks at in a new light, what differentiated or opposed them is perhaps more striking than the similarities in their approach to modern subjects - horse races, cafés, prostitution or modern bathers. From dissimilar backgrounds and with different temperaments, they did not share the same tastes in literature and music. Their divergent choices in terms of exhibitions and career cooled the friendship that bound them – a friendship initially strengthened by their shared experience of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 and the aftermath of the Commune.


The quest for official recognition of Manet contrasts with the stubborn refusal of Degas to show in the Paris Salon. Manet's brilliant sociability also contrasts with Degas' reticence and taciturn temperament. Yet there was always and despite their differences a deep bond between the two artists which is revealed by the importance of Manet’s work in Degas’ personal art collection.



This exhibition in which masterpieces by both artists have been brought together for the first time, is organized by the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art where it will be presented from September 2023 to January 2024.


*For information on the activities and membership of AFMO please click here. 

Edgar Degas, Young Woman with Ibis, 1860-62, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Edgar Degas, Young Woman with Ibis, 1860-62, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art


 Please note that this tour is limited to 18 participants

Place: Meet at Montherlant riverside entrance of Musée d’Orsay, 9 quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris.

Métro: Solférino (line 12) or Musée d’Orsay (RER C)

Date: Thursday 6 April 2023

Time: 12:10 for 12:30 pm entry.