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Tête-à-tête: Three Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

Acquired by the French state in 1891, Arrangement hangs today in the great Parisian museum of 19th-century art: the Musée d’Orsay. Whistler’s picture is one of three masterpieces from that museum that will visit the Norton Simon this spring. Joining the Whistler are Edouard Manet’s heroic portrait of his friend, collaborator and critical ally, Emile Zola, and Paul Cézanne’s rapt, meditative Card Players, painted near the end of his life and at the height of his powers.