Pas de deux

March 26, 2015

This week the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris will exchange several masterpiece paintings for two simultaneous exhibitions. The exhibition in Pasadena, called Tête-à-tête: Three Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, will showcase Édouard Manet’s portrait of Émile Zola, Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players, and James McNeill Whistler’s iconic Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (also known as Portrait of the Artist’s Mother). The Musée d’Orsay will display Van Gogh’s Portrait of a Peasant, Renoir’s The Pont des Arts, Paris, and Édouard Vuillard’s First Fruits, all from the Norton Simon.

Marquand Books produced the dual-language catalogue for this joint exhibition, titled Pas de deux: An Exchange of Masterpieces. Norton Simon associate curator Emily Beeny and Musée d’Orsay curator Stéphane Guégan wrote short essays for each of their museum’s paintings, and each essay is presented in both English and French. The sixty-four-page book was designed by Ryan Polich and includes more than thirty full-color images.

The masterpieces in Tête-à-tête will be on view through June 22. To purchase copies of the catalogue, visit the Norton Simon Museum.



Photography by Jeremy Linden