Renoir – The Painter and His Models

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Ticket prices: TICKETS INCLUDE A FREE VISIT TO THE PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS OPEN THAT DAY. Full price ticket HUF 6800, 50% ticket HUF 3400. Concession from Tuesday to Friday: weekday full price ticket: HUF 6200, weekday 50 % ticket: HUF 3100. Entrance tickets allowing a free visit are only available at the museum.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest in conjunction with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris and Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris organised a large-scale monographic exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s art with his figural depictions at its focus.

After several extremely successful exhibitions devoted to prominent artists of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (Monet and His Friends, 2003; Van Gogh in Budapest, 2006; Cézanne and the Past, 2012; Cezanne to Malevich; 2021), the museum will have Renoir’s oeuvre at its focus. Our choice is also explained by the fact that in 2019 the museum purchased the master’s late masterpiece titled Reclining Nude (Gabrielle) thanks to an acquisition of historic importance.

“I am a figurative painter” declared Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), referring to how his art always focussed on people. As a portraitist he delicately rendered the nuances of faces, the radiance of his models’ gazes, and the splendour of clothes. In his genre pictures he recorded the everyday, cheerful interactions of the figures, and phenomena of modern life. In his nudes he celebrated the beauty of the female body, and the silky radiance of skin. His pictures are populated by friends, fellow painters, art lovers, members of his family, who thus become part of a carefree, harmonious world full of life. This exhibition is both chronological and thematic in structure, and investigates Renoir’s relationship with the models who inspired his art, through paintings, graphic works, and sculptures.

Renoir is considered one of the most famous Impressionist painters, yet much of his rich and varied oeuvre, spanning six decades, from the early 1860s right up to his death in 1919, lies outside the framework of that movement. When he started out as a young artist he was one of the creators of the new style. After his pivotal journey to Italy in 1881, however, he turned away from the Impressionist approach and aims. In his search for a more solid, durable form of expression, he looked for guidance in his great predecessors, turning to Raphael, and the masters of the French Rococo, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, François Boucher, and finally to Titian and Peter Paul Rubens. For decades, he entered into an intensive dialogue with his ideals, creating a new, modern tradition. At the end of his life, in the first decades of the twentieth century, Renoir was still able to experiment and renew himself as an artist, and with his unparalleled painterly charm, breathtaking productivity, and exemplary stamina, he inspired the great figures of the following generation, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.


Main sponsor of the exhibition: Gránit Bank

Major sponsors of the exhibition: MVM, Renault

Cooperating Partner: Air France

Hotelpartner: The Ritz-Carlton Budapest

Category: Exhibition Temporary exhibition
Visitor information
ON SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER THE PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS CLOSE AT 3:00 PM, THE RENOIR EXHIBITION CLOSES AT 4:45 PM. Please take this into account when planning your visit!
Entrance tickets are valid for the selected day, for a 1-hour time slot, which indicates the expected arrival of the visitor. Tickets do not grant immediate entrance upon arrival, nor do they limit the length of the planned visit. Tickets to the exhibition Renoir The Painter and His Model include a free visit to all exhibitions open that day. 
Tickets cannot be booked.
Please read the Museum Rules in advance on the museum's website.
Following negotiations with the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, the 10% Liget+ discount only includes the first purchase of the full-price ticket.
Tickets are available in the Museum as well.
Duration of the exhibition:
2023 September 22 – 2024 January 7

Museum of Fine Arts Budapest
1146, Budapest, Dózsa György út 41., Heroes' square
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