Monday, 15 October 2012

If you are ever lucky enough to be in Paris, don't forget to visit the Musée D'Orsay

Of all the art galleries I have been to, my favourite is the Musée D’Orsay in Paris.  It is on the left bank of the Seine.  It has artworks from 1848 to 1914.

The first time I was there, I was a bit overwhelmed.  The next time I was much more focused.  In the interim I had bought a big lovely but expensive book called “ Paintings in the Musee D’Orsay” by Robert Rosenblum.  This meant that I knew what in particular I wanted to look at.  It meant that I didn’t skip over the 19th century academic art just to look at the more famous impressionist and modernist works.

The architecture of the gallery is also interesting.  It is a converted railway station.  The conversion dates back to only the late 1970’s.

My favourite works in the collection include:

The Gleaners – Millet

The Fifer – Manet
The Regatta at Argenteuil, Monet
A Dance in the Country – Renoir
The Red Buoy – Signac
Motherhood - Melchers

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  1. Not my favourite art gallery for the art works (Tate Britain or Lady Lever would be that) but absolutely the most beautiful art gallery I've ever been too. Love it.

  2. Beautiful building - we were there in 2009 on our honeymoon! x

  3. Wonderful paintings. My favorite art museum is the Tate in London for its PreRaphaelite and friends paintings. Assuming they are still there.


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