The Musée d'Orsay, originally a train station designed by Victor Laloux in 1900, houses a huge collection spanning the period between 1848 and 1914, and is home to a profusion of works by Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Gauguin, Monet, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and others.
Alongside the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre, it's is a must-see in Paris, especially its famed upper levels, which have just undergone a serious brush-up. The top floor is still devoted to Impressionism, while you'll find Art Nouveau, decorative art, sculpture, Post and Neoimpressionism art, and Naturalism on the middle floors, including a section on Nabi.
On ground level, the school of Barbizon, realism sculpture before 1870 and symbolism take pride of place.
|Venue name:||Musée d'Orsay|
62 rue de Lille
|Opening hours:||9.30am-6pm Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun; 9.30am-9.45pm Thur|
|Price:||€8; €5.50 reductions; free under-18s, all 1st Sun of mth. PMP|
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I agree with Brian. They wouldn't let me eat my baguette sandwich in front of an awesome impressionist painting and they don't allow you to touch the paintings. So disappointed. A must avoid. Simply time-wasting.
I have no clue what's with Brian and Chris. Impressionists! Indeed! The Nabis have always been downstairs. Basic collection on the fifth floor AND adjacent to the light lunch place. It is a FABULOUS place. NOt to be missed!
What a disappointment! We visited the Musee today and discovered that it has recently rearranged it's biggest drawcard, the Impressionists. Most are on the 5th floor, but Van Gogh has been mixed in with Gauguin and moved to the second floor, along with a few other odd paintings. The space is too small to allow a good view of the paintings if even a little crowded (ie Friday afternoon?). The walls are dark grey and there is only downwards yellow lighting to illuminate. The collection is still the best, but the arrangement and display are appalling. If you go, and agree, please complain so they do something.