Installed in a Beaux-Arts railway station built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, the Musée d’Orsay holds the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Postimpressionist masterpieces—works by Bonnard, Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and more. Don’t miss the view of Sacré-Coeur through the transparent face of the giant clock on the top level. The museum is open every day except Monday.
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Take a break near the Musee d’Orsay
The d’Orsay vibe is completely different from the Louvre and its counterparts across the Seine. The extensive impressionist and post-impressionist collection sets the museum apart. The museum started life as a train station before being transformed into a haven for French paintings, sculptures, and furniture. Although the museum is filled with the works of Monet and Van Gogh, I like to step back and admire the architecture and design of the building.
In the Musée D'Orsay there is a delicious (but a bit pricey) restaurant on one of the top floors in line with the grandiose clock visible outside the building. Great atmosphere, service, and decor with the natural light piercing through the clock and bouncing off the suspended silver bells.
I won a sizable online poker tournament that netted me a WTP professional poker tournament entry to the Aviator Club Casino in Paris as well as travel money. My jaw dropped when I saw the room: there sat the world's greatest poker players in the quaint quarters upstairs . Before the game, I managed to sneak away to the finest sights in Paris after arriving from the US on Bastille Day. What a celebration it was. This image here captured a feeling of visual inspiration amongst the world's greatest paintings and artists alike. My experience in the tournament felt equally surreal while playing poker with such dexterous virtuosos.
The Musée d'Orsay is one of my favorite museums in the world. It is a converted railway station which was designed by Victor Laloux at the turn of the century. It closed in the late 1930's and was turned into this glorious museum in 1986. It was almost demolished in the 1970's but thankfully the public said no. And today we have one of the most beautifully arranged art collections from the years of 1848 to 1914.
There are sculptures, paintings, glass works, furniture, doors, ceilings, all types of art in its various forms.
I really love the Art Nouveau which is featured in the middle level of the museum. The ground level houses works from 1848 to late 1800's and the top floor is my favorite, the Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist art.
Every time I visit Paris I have to spend a day here. I may have seen the same paintings but the entire structure, the neighborhood, and the art just never disappoint.
Some of the highlights are:
Gates of Hell by Rodin, which include in the gate the Thinker and The Kiss.
The Impressionist section on the top floor, all of it! Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Cézane, Van Gogh, Degas,
The Art Nouveau at the mid-level which has rooms with lovely furniture and stained glass.
Edgar Degas' "Young Dancer of Fourteen" sculpture.
They have a great shop, as well, that provides some nice little souvenirs that won't break the bank or add weight to your luggage.
take a break by the Muse D'Orsee and then go inside the Muse D'Orsee. The collection is amazing in terms of its impressionist collection. You will gain new insights into the paintings by Renoir, Roussea and others. Well worth the break and the visit!