Nearly 2.5 million visitors each year come to see the largest collection in the world of impressionist artwork, found in the ... More
Nearly 2.5 million visitors each year come to see the largest collection in the world of impressionist artwork, found in the splendid Musée d'Orsay. The building itself, called the Gare d'Orsay, was built for the World's Fair of 1900. During World War II, it was used to welcome freed prisoners. Once the train station (the Gare) fell into disuse and the adjacent hotel closed down in 1973, the building was threatened with demolition. However, it was decided to transform the building's function to house a collection of art from the second half of the 19th Century. It was inaugurated in 1986 under the governance of François Mitterrand. The principal gallery of the ground floor, 138 meters long (453 feet) and 32 meters tall (105 feet), is a reminder of the building's history. Among the masterpieces in this gallery are the scandalous Un enterrement à Ornans by Gustave Courbet and the Glaneuses by Jean-François Millet. Fans of impressionism should head directly up to the fifth floor, where works by the greatest masters of this genre are hung in galleries 29 to 48. These include La classe de danse by Degas, Still Lifes by Manet such as L'Asperge, Bal du moulin de la Galette by Renoir, and La gare Saint-Lazare, La cathédrale de Rouen, or the Nymphéas by Claude Monet. Works by Van Gogh in gallery 35 and Cézanne in 36 follow, the small galleries 37 and 38 contain pastels by Degas, and galleries 43-44 are devoted to Gauguin's paintings of Tahiti. Decorative arts are located a few flights down, worth visiting notably for the impressive collection of Art Nouveau. While on this floor, don't miss the Terrasse Rodin, where L'Homme qui marche is located. For a short rest to help absorb this astonishing collection, visit the Cafe des Hauteurs on the third floor or the restaurant on the sixth floor. Also don't forget to check out the beautiful Hotel Le Bellehasse, walking distance from here.
This is a stunning museum. The d'Orsay is the museum you want to see. Sure the Louvre has the Mona Lisa (a must see in her own right) but there is a lot of dark, not so exciting art there. The impressionists are where its at for me and the d'Orsay is loaded. You turn a corner inside the d'Orsay and your jaw drops as you find yourself staring at the originals of painting after painting you know so well. A huge plus is the audio equipment you can rent for a small fee that adds a wonderful explanation of the details of many of the paintings (available in English). This was also the favorite of my 19 year old son, who otherwise thinks mostly about girls and the football team. You will remember your visit to this museum for a long time.
Musee D'Orsay is probably one of my favorite things about Paris. Paris is of course known for the Louvre, the biggest art museum in the world, but D'Orsay is less known. This renovated train station contains all of the Impressionists works, covering everything from Van Gogh to Monet. You can see waterlilies and ballet dancers, sunflowers and fields of wheat. The museum is easy to get around compared to the vastness of the Louvre (which is an adventure all of its own) Artists are arranged by period, and students under the age of 18 get into the museum free, just make sure you have your passport ready to prove your age. The museum comes complete with a spectacular gift shop, where you can buy prints of just about any painting in the museum. If you're planning a trip to Paris, Musee D'Orsay is something you truely cannot miss!
Well designed exhibits in a very well designed interior space. The collection is a must see for fans of Impressionism, Post Impressionism and Art Nouveau.
The Art Nouveau collection is very extensive with complete rooms reconstructed with furnishings and accesories. Don't miss the gift shop jewelry.
THIS IS THE BEST ART MUSEUM IN PARIS (possibly the World!) BAR NONE. Forget the Moanalot Lisa (90 Japanese heads looking at an armoured glass frame with something in). If you want to be in a room alone with your partner, and the best art in the world then go here. Anyone with the least knowledge of the art world would recognise a lot of the work here. Worth going for the building itself. Do not miss it, unless the dusty fart bunch arrived before you.
As some others have said, I like the Orsay better than the Louvre. To the average person, not an art historian but a casual lover of art, you get to see more "famous" painters and paintings in smaller more beautiful setting than the Louvre. Most of the "big names" - Van Gogh, Monet, Renior, Gaugin have rooms dedicated to their paintings. And if it's not too crowded, as an added bonus, the cafe has some good dishes and coffee.
My favorite museum. Wonderful art - especially the impressionist holdings - artfully displayed in an amazing architectural environment. Delightful views on every level, at every turn. And a decent cafe as well!
To enter Musee D'Orsay is to be taken into different world. The first thing that strikes you is the architecture, the transformation of the old railway station to this imaginative museum.
Take in the view. Notice the way natural light plays an important part in the transformation. Salute the architects, and then head for the galleries.
I started on the ground floor in the central aisle. Enjoyed the tradiional sculpture. then headed for some well-known names, Corot, Courbet, Daumier, Degas and Delacroix. You cannot see it all, so you have to be selective.
Then it was up to the second level. Here it was an opportunity to study movements, and Art Nouveau. A few more names were singled out, Gaudi, Klimt, Maillol, Rodin and Viullard.
Most of my time was spent on Level 5 with the Impresionists, and the Post Impressionists. I covered all of it, and was remarkably impressed. More names were singled out - Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Matisse, Monet and Renoir. Of course, they were not the only remarkable ones. Level 5 was a celebration of all that is great about art, and I enjoyed it immensely.
Then it was a quick munch at the restaurant, and it was downstairs again for my last look. The architects were saluted once more, and the artists acclaimed. Then I said 'au revoir' to my favourite museum in Paris.
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