May 14, 2019

Le pardon, by Emile Bernard, a milestone in Art history

A work of major heritage interest, Le Pardon, also known as Les Bretonnes dans la prairie, by Emile Bernard has been added to the Musée d’Orsay collection, thanks to exclusive AXA sponsorship. A talk with Claire Bernardi, curator at the musée d’Orsay.
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AXA and corporate responsibility

As an extension of our role as an insurer, which is to reduce risks and provide protection, for many years AXA has been committed to the preservation and safeguarding of our heritage, through a cultural philanthropy program in France, and also internationally.

For more than 10 years, AXA has been a partner of the Louvre Museum, and also a patron of MoMA in New York and Prado in Spain, to name just a few examples.

It is in this framework that in 2019 AXA is collaborating with the Musée d’Orsay for the first time, and has thus become its main private partner in the acquisition of Emile Bernard’s Le Pardon, also known as Les Bretonnes dans la prairie, a work of major heritage interest.

In addition to cultural philanthropy, AXA’s corporate responsibility can be seen in two other areas:

  • Skills sponsorship, with the AXA Hearts in Action international volunteer program, which enables the Group’s employees to engage with partner associations;
  • Scientific philanthropy, via the AXA Research Fund, which funds projects in the areas of environment, health, socio-economic risks and new technologies.
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