Monet, Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec---they’re back at National Gallery of Art


The Renoirs and the other French masters are being reorganized in new galleries at the National Gallery of Art. (Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection)

After a two year renovation the National Gallery of Art is reopening its French Galleries and giving a new look to its own masterpieces. Getting new locations are Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Manet, Gauguin, Courbet and others.

For the opening weekend Jan. 28 and Jan. 29, the gallery announced Friday a series of free events.

Mary Morton, the curator and head of the museum’s Department of French paintings, will explain the new look and organization of the galleries. Her talk is Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium.

Also on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. the museum’s curators will answer any questions about the refreshed galleries and the order of the paintings.

A concert of French music, dated from the 1870s to the 1910s, will be held Jan. 28 and Jan. 29. The Singers Companye, Men in Blaque and organist Alexander Frey will play both afternoons in the West Building from 1-4 p.m. The gallery’s own Vocal Ensemble will sing music by Faure and other French composers on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

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