ORSAY MUSEUM - Paris
This wonderful museum, located
in the old Orsay railway station built in 1900, is dedicated to
all forms of artistic expression: painting, sculpture and photography
of the 1848-1914 period. The era of the impressionist painters is
particularly well represented with the masterpieces of Manet, Monet,
Renoir, Degas... Admire the delicate brush strokes of Renoir, the
serious self-portrait of Van Gogh, the radiance of a Monet's landscape
amongst other artistic marvels.
Built by the architect Victor Laloux in 1900, the "Gare d'Orsay"
was one of the Paris stations where trains departed to the south-west
of France (Orléans and Bordeaux). Located across the Louvre
on the Seine's left bank, it has been spectacularly renovated from
1977 to 1986 to house the Orsay museum. The museum architecture
has been praised as a major success in industrial building renovation.
The Orsay museum (Musée d'Orsay in french) is the 19th century
French arts museum. It is known worldwide for its famous impressionist
collections and is a must to arts lovers.
In the 1870's, "Impressionism" was a French "Avant-garde"
painters group rejected by the official academy. The impressionists
(among them Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Edgar Manet, Théo
Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne) painted ordinary life and people
on the spot and in the open air.
They rejected historical and mythological subjects. They used light
colors. Above all, they are famous for having departed from the
tradition of painting "reality". Instead, they used color
spots and strokes to suggest their "impression" of the
reality that only reveals itself from the distance.
1, rue de Bellechasse 75007 Paris
How to get there
Metro : Solferino, Rue du Bac
R.E.R C : Musée d'Orsay
Bus : 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94
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