During the 19th and 20th centuries, Paris gained a reputation as a cultural hub of Europe. It attracted artists such as Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Odilon Redon, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Felix Vallotton — all of whom inspired and influenced each other's work. It was also an era of change, when such artists sought to create new and unique forms of expression. They began concentrating on depicting dreams and ideals or notions of cultural freedom.

This collection represents the Impressionist movement, which helped shape the modern era of art. Featuring 149 specially selected pieces by 29 artists, some of these works are making their public debut. Highlights include paintings by all the above mentioned artists; Oct. 5-Jan. 5 (2014).

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo; 03-5405-8686; 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Nijubashimae Station, Chiyoda Line. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Fri. except Jan. 3, till 8:00 p.m.). ¥1,200. Closed Mon. (except Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec. 23), Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Dec. 28-Jan. 1. mimt.jp/meihin