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Sight and Sound: Debussy and French Painting—Beyond Realism

The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
with the Bard Festival Chorale

Debussy's Nocturnes and the artwork of the French Impressionists.

Debussy's Nocturnes have been celebrated for their ability to evoke imagery, light, and color. But is he really music's answer to Impressionist painting? His works and those of Manet, Degas, and Whistler—who created his own series of atmospheric, tonal scenes that he labeled "nocturnes"—illuminate how the artistic response to nature differs in music and painting. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, March 6–July 29, 2018.

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Above: Claude Monet, (French, 1840–192), The Parc Monceau (detail), 1878. Oil on canvas, 28 5/8 x 21 3/8 in. (72.7 x 54.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ittleson Jr. Purchase Fund, 1959 (59.142)