Monday, 19 September 2016

Paintings in the Musée D'Orsay

It is time for another art post and I have again sought inspiration from an art book I bought many years ago – the book was published in 1989.  It is still probably the most expensive book I have ever bought.  It has almost 700 A4 pages all with full colour plates dealing with the paintings to be found in that fabulous Paris gallery, the Musee D'Orsay.

So, the painting I have chosen at random to share with you this time is from page 161 – The Bath by Alfred Stevens  painted around 1867.

Although the painter's name sounds very English, he was in fact a Belgian.  He was successful in his lifetime in selling many works but wasn't good with money and ended up pretty impoverished.

The things I noticed about this painting include:

·         The tap on the left is shaped like a duck
·         The soap dish contains  a clock
·         The lady is wearing a garment of some type in her bath
·         She is also wearing a bangle
·         She is holding onto some roses in a romantic fashion – as you do when bathing!


  1. The painter did a lovely job; he painted the metal tub, the woman and her relaxation so well.

  2. When I last went to Paris I visited the Musee D'Orsay! It was as incredible as I hoped it would be. I love books of paintings but there is nothing that compares with seeing the actual canvas. Thanks for the memory!

  3. Thank you for the art appreciation! The only thing that is common with my baths would be the book! Beautiful painting!


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