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Restoring L’Atelier du peintre

100 000€ reached! The adventure keeps going and we need your support.

About the project

100 000€ reached!

The adventure keeps going and we need your support.

Acquired by the State in 1920, with help from public donations, The Artist’s Studio, the H 11.1 ft x W 19.7 ft (237 ft²) masterpiece by Gustave Courbet, is now over one hundred years old. The fragility of the painting is partly due to the complex process by which it was produced, and to the fact that it was frequently moved around, and stored in less than ideal conditions before entering the national collections.

Today, this huge painting once again needs public support

to finance a partial restoration. 

It will have taken at least 18 months of in-depth studies and of collecting scientific and analytical data, along with other assessments, to determine the suitability and necessity, or otherwise, of an eventual intervention, and its feasibility.

The restoration is led by a Scientific Committee of Experts that will systematically monitor the development of the project for several months. It consists of members of the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF), heritage curators, restorers and experts in Courbet’s work.

We are offering you, for a minimum of €5 ($7), an opportunity to participate in the project. Show your commitment to culture and the world’s heritage by playing your part in saving a masterpiece. This appeal to your generosity is in everyone’s interest, enabling individual donors to benefit from an income tax reduction of 66% on the amount of the gift, and with a reduction of 60% for corporate donors.

The restoration will take place in situ. A special glass screen will be installed in the gallery housing Gustave Courbet’s large-scale paintings, on the ground floor of the Pavillon Amont, to enable the public to follow every step of this operation. The aim is to make as many people as possible aware of all that is involved in a restoration.


What are the funds for?

The total amount estimatedfor this intervention is around €600,000 ($760 754). A project like this requires several months of work by over 30 people with different and complementary skills. We expect half of this amount to be raised through individual and corporate sponsors. We are relying on your help to achieve this objective.

To mobilise and coordinate this exceptional project, the museum is launching its 1st crowdfunding initiative since it opened in 1986. The first step has been reached and the adventure keeps going! Next objective : €60 000 !

So far, the following companies have already pledged their support: Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project, the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay (AFMO) and Saint-Gobain.

About the project owner

The Musée d’Orsay, installed in a former Parisian railway station, exhibits works of art - paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and photographs – produced between 1848 and 1914. It has, among others, the greatest collection of Impressionist paintings in the world,including masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh. Every year, over 3.7 million visitors come to (re)discover its collections.

Towards the end of 2009, the Musée d'Orsay renovated and reorganised its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist galleries on the top floor, along with the four floors of the "Pavillon Amont" through which these are accessed. The renovation work, which took place throughout 2010, has enhanced the presentation of the artworks, ensured a better visitor flow, increased the surface of display areas and improved visitor comfort. Special attention was paid to lighting and to wall colours, and visitor circuits completely reassessed, all of which has contributed to the birth of a Nouvel Orsay.

As part of this initiative, the Musée d'Orsay has clearly stated its pro-active policy in preventative restoration, in close collaboration with the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des musées de France (C2RMF).

Photographic credits:

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), The Artist's Studio, a real allegory summing up seven years of my artistic and moral life, Between 1854 and 1855, Oil on Canvas, H. 361; W. 598 cm, © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

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The Musée d'Orsay wanted to involve its partners in a fresh and imaginative way by offering them the opportunity to become Ambassadors by uniting their community (colleagues, customers, service providers, etc.) around a crowdfunding operation :