Dear Members and Friends,

We are grateful for your continued generous contributions throughout the past year and thank you for your support and friendship.

In 2015, TripAdvisor voted the Musée d'Orsay the second most beloved museum in the world, right behind New York's Metropolitan Museum. 16% of annual visitors are Americans. Impressive!

Your engagement and loyal support help us to promote the museums' work in Paris and in exhibitions and loans to museums across the United States.

We are delighted to share with you 2015's highlights and the exciting exhibition programming for 2016 at the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie.

AFMO Upcoming Events
San Francisco Event, February 3-5, 2016
AFMO invites you to San Francisco for the opening of the exhibition Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947): Painting Arcadia at the Legion of Honor and for visits of homes and private collections.
For details and programming, click here.
Date Change: Art & Wine Event, October 20-23, 2016

AFMO celebrates the Musée d'Orsay's 30th anniversay with a four-day program that includes private visits of The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870 at the Orsay; American Painting in the 1930's at the Orangerie. Private tours of the recently re-opened Rodin Museum, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, fabled jewelry houses Mellerio dits Meller, Van Cleef & Arpels, the sumptuous home of designer Juan Pablo Molyneux, breakfast at the Ritz, lunch at the Museum Nissim de Camondo, and an exclusive dinner at the Musée d'Orsay, created by triple-starred Chef Éric Frechon in collaboration with the Bordeaux Wine Academy.
2015's Fundraising Events:
April in Paris - AFMO Spring Event, April 23-26, 2015
We held our annual Paris event on April 23 - 26. U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley graciously hosted our Welcome Cocktail at her stunning residence. Exclusive private visits to homes, collections, and museums followed. Every visit a highlight: the newly opened Picasso museum; a luncheon hosted by the German Ambassador Dr. Susanne Wasum-Rainer at the Hôtel de Beauharnais, one of the most beautiful Empire-style residences in Paris; the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation, the Hermès' private Museum and Rooftop Garden, the Louis Vuitton Foundation,  Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece; the Maurice Denis Museum in Saint Germain-en-Laye... In the evening, our guests enjoyed a private tour of Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia and viewed Courbet's The Artist's Studio, currently under restoration at the museum and a twilight dinner at the Orangerie.
Philadelphia Event, July 14, 2015

On July 14, AFMO members visited Philadelphia to view the exhibition Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibition was co-organized by former curator Sylvie Patry, who was recently named Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation.The day began with lunch in the private dining room at the PMA and a presentation by curator Jennifer Thompson. The group then explored the Paul Durand-Ruel exhibition before enjoying a private tour of the Rodin Museum and Gardens with Ms. Thompson. Thomas Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, welcomed us to a private tour when the museum was closed to the public.

Washington Event, October 1-2, 2015

On October 1-2, AFMO organized a visit to Washington, D.C. to view the National Gallery's exhibition Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye which featured works from the Musée d'Orsay. Guests were led by the exhibition's curators Mary Morton and George Shackelford, Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum (where the exhibition opened in early November). Guests also discovered the Kreeger Museum's impressive collection in a home designed by Philip Johnson. Thanks to Sotheby's, we were invited to the home of Victoria and Roger Sant to view their execptional Nabi collection and to tour The Phillips Collection. At the invitation of Ambassador Gérard Araud, the group was hosted for dinner in the newly-restored French Residence.

Projects Made Possible Through Your Generous Support in 2015:
AFMO Grants to the Museums
Claude Monet (1840-1926), Water Lilies (1915-1926)
Your generous support provided the funds to refurbish the lighting in the Orangerie's legendary oval galleries, home to Monet's Water Lilies, dedicated to France on November 12, 1918, the day after the Armistice that ended World War I. Since the panels have been installed in 1927, millions of visitors from all over the world enjoy their timeless beauty. Thank you All for your generosity, which includes a spontaneous important gift from an individual donor.
Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), The Artist's Studio, a real allegory summing up seven years of my artistic and moral life (1854-1855)
AFMO committed 150,000€ to help restore Courbet's masterpiece, done entirely in-situ. Come and see how the painting slowly regains its former clarity and brightness and how all 22 square-meters - stitched together from seven canvasses - get closer to their original splendor.
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2015's Patron Pass Tour with Curators:
We continued our private guided tours for each exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie. Thank You to the curators and all of you who shared these special moments.
Some highlights:
Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia - vibrant color and pure beauty; Adolfo Wildt. The Last Symbolist; Dolce Vita? From the Liberty to Italian Design (1900-1940), and Splendor and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution (1850-1910) with rarely seen works by Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Picasso's Melancholy Woman from his Blue Period.
And around Paris:
Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting at the Musée du Luxembourg; Turbulent America, chronicling the years 1960-1990 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie; and contemporary art at the Art Paris Art Fair, the Salon d'Automne, and FIAC.
Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie Exhibitions
Mar. 22, 2016 – July 17, 2016: The Douanier Rousseau. Archaic Candour
May 10 – Sept. 11, 2016: Charles Gleyre (1806-1874). The Reformed Romantic
Sept. 27, 2016 - Jan. 16, 2017: The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870
Nov. 15, 2016 - Mar. 5, 2017: Frédéric Bazille (1941-1870). The Youth of Impressionism
Apr. 6 - July 18, 2016: Apollinaire. The Eye of the Poet
Oct. 12, 2016 - Jan. 30, 2017: American Painting in the 1930's
Nov. 8, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016: Fort Worth, TX (Kimbell Art Museum) Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye

Feb. 6 - May 15, 2016: San Francisco, CA (Legion of Honor) Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia

 Jun. 5 - Sep. 6 2016: Chicago, IL (The Art Institute of Chicago) American Paintings in the 1930's

Oct. 2, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016: Turin, Italy (Galleria Civica D'Arte Moderna E Contempornea), Monet, from the Musée d'Orsay collections

Oct.15, 2015 - Feb. 7, 2016: Rome, Italy (Complesso del Vittoriano), Impressionists tête à tête

Apr. 25 - July 15, 2016: Sao Paulo, Brazil (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil), The Triumph of Colour. From Van Gogh to Matisse, the collections of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie

Apr. 27 - Aug. 22, 2016: Tokyo, Japan (National Art Center) Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919): Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie Collections

AFMO Board

Susan and Peter J. Solomon, Co-Chairs

Elizabeth Bernardaud
John Demsey
Bernard Duhaime
Frank Garrison
Spencer Hays
Sherry Johnson
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Elizabeth Kehler
Robert Landau
Maurice E. Pinto
Donna Redel
Capera Ryan
Nancy Staniar
Glenn Tilles
Alice Tisch
Susan M. Tolson

Honorary Board:
Richard Brettell
Mary Emory
Renée Johnson
Jeff Koons LLC
Seonaid McArthur
Jane Robert

Verena Thornton, Executive Director
Greg Joye, Director of Development
Christine Groult, Membership, Communications and Liaison
Thank You!
We thank you for your continued and generous support and look forward
to welcoming you at the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie.
All our best wishes for a peaceful and happy 2016.
American Friends Musée d'Orsay
Our special thanks go to our corporate supporters:

La Compagnie offers the best Business Class travel value for NY/Paris and NY/London flights.

In recognition of our patron's support of AFMO, La Compagnie offers a drawing for our members and participants to win Two Round Trip Business Class flights between Newark and Paris (beginning in either city).

In November, La Compagnie offered a raffle at an event in NYC organized by to promote AFMO to young professionals.

Thomas Renault, Head of Sales, USA | La Compagnie Boutique Airlines, Jean Won Mosler (winner of flight)
& Peter Luethi, Deputy CEO, EVP North America |
La Compagnie

Entry Rules for grand Prize Drawing:
  • AFMO Members (valid in 2015) at the $200-999 level-name entered once
  • Dual membership for AFMO Members (valid in 2015) at the $1000+ levels - names entered twice
  • Participants in each event below - name enterd once for each event attented:
    - "April in Paris" weekend, April 23-26, 2015
    - Philadelphia art daytrip, July 14, 2015
    - Washington D.C. trip, October 1-2, 2015
Any "young patron" who joined as a member on or before our Soirée for Monet on November 17.

Grand Prize Drawing date will be announced in early 2016.


Estée Lauder Companies

* from 2012-2015
listed in chronological order of support.
Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, Liberté vers 1889, Musée d'Orsay Â© Krystal Kenney; Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Vue du Cannet, 1927, © ADAGP, Paris © Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt; Jean-Louis Hamon (1821-1874), Comédie Humaine, vers 1852, © photo musée d'Orsay/RMN; AFMO Event April in Paris, Welcome Cocktail at the U.S. Embassy Residence Â© Krystal Kenney; ; Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Danse à Bougival, 1882, © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Danse à la Ville, 1883 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR; Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Danse à la Campagne, 1883, © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR; AFMO members at the Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Claude Monet (1840-1926), Les Nymphéas, Salle 1, Musée de l'Orangerie, In-situ restoration of Gustave Courbet's (1819-1877) The Artist's Studio, a real allegory summing up seven years of my artistic and moral life (1854-1855) © Musée d'Orsay, Curator-led tour of the Splendor and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910 exhibit at the Musée d'Orsay.
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