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A Day at the Musée d'Orsay

My Favorite

Each time we go to Paris we try to visit my favorite museum in the whole world: Musée d’Orsay. Being my favorite may have to do with the work of three in particular artist’s that are located here; Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Claude Monet. I especially have a deep appreciation and love for Impressionism art.  This movement and time period for me just simply calms and softens the world when viewing paintings.

Musée d'Orsay entrance

Musée d’Orsay entrance

Musée d'Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay Building

Musée d’Orsay is a masterpiece architecturally in itself too. Situated on the left side of the Seine river in Paris. It is located in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built in 1898. Hence, the impressive dome-like tunnel through the center with galleries to view located on both sides. Equally, the museum is very well organized which I believe is conducive to learning and understanding the wonderful art that is present.  If you plan on going, the lines cans be very long and for this reason I highly suggest you purchase your tickets in advance.

Monet Monets Garden in Giverny

Monet Monets Garden in Giverny

Art students

Art students

One of the galleries

One of the galleries at Musee d’Orsay

Dance at the Moulin de la Galette (1876)

Dance at the Moulin de la Galette (1876)

The Amazing Art

The Musée d’Orsay houses paintings, sculptures, photography and furniture. At the present time, there are over for 480 Impressionism artworks with 100 pieces that are noted truly masterpieces.  There are over 1,000 post-Impressionist paintings, the largest collection in the world. For this reason, I am another very happy and grateful visitor. No doubt, the entire day can be spent going in and out of the different galleries. If you need to take a break, there is a restaurant to eat and review all that you have already admired. For this reason, do not rush, instead plan at least half a day there.  After all not only will you will be enjoying wonderful and amazing artwork that you have seen in books your entire life…but now it’s right in front of you!

Musée d'Orsay Sculpture by Louise Ernest Barrias 1899

Musée d’Orsay Sculpture by Louise Ernest Barrias 1899

Clock

Clock at Musée d’Orsay

Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard

Whistler's Mother

Whistler’s Mother with artist

Portrait of Alphonsine Fournaise. 1879

Portrait of Alphonsine Fournaise. Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1879

Renoir, dance in the country, 1883

Renoir, dance in the country, 1883

Claude Monet; 'Waterlily Pond Pink Harmony, 1900

Claude Monet; ‘Waterlily Pond Pink Harmony, 1900

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6 Comments
  1. Oh, I know what you mean, I love Orsay! Probably for the same reasons when it comes to Monet. 😉 I even went to Giverny to see his house and that marvelous garden! 😀

  2. I love all your photos! Marty has been to Paris but I didn’t get the opporunity (very pregnant at the time). We mentioned to me that he enjoyed Musée d’Orsa because of the Monet’s and Renoir’s. One day I will get there.

  3. Paris is a dream destination! We hope to be there soon. And when we do, I’m definitely going to keep this museum on the itinerary. I can see why it’s your favourite 🙂

  4. I am not a huge fan of art galleries, but I think Paris will change my perception of this

  5. We are a big Paris lovers (maybe because the parisians are so much friendlier with french natives :-D) and we have never been to this museums ! It looks beautiful though even to a non art-connoisseur like myself.
    Thanks and Greetings
    Amelie

  6. Love that clock, so majestic!

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