The Orsay

One of my favorite museums is the Orsay. I especially love Impressionism and you can find just about every famous artist represented here. Part of the art is the museum itself as it is an old renovated train station full of interesting details.

img_1793 At the opposite end of the entrance is this cutaway of the Garnier Opera House. It shows how small the concert hall is compared to the rest of the building. I’d love to get a behind the scenes tours there one of these days.

img_1799 There are two huge clocks showing the time from outside but you can also get this incredible look at it from behind along with a view of Paris outside.

img_1803 Happily, they allow photography inside once more. This is by Cezanne.

img_1805 Degas. It was considered very controversial when first exhibited.

img_1806 This was controversial too, I guess because it showed common workers without shirts working. I just love the light. Note the wine bottle next to the worker on the right.

img_1810 A look at the restaurant in the museum.

2 thoughts to “The Orsay”

  1. I love every single thing about that museum. Even standing in line outside on that great pavilion isn’t bad, if the weather is decent, because everywhere you look is fabulous. I’m a huge Impressionist fan, too, and also of the Belle Epoque decor. The 8 and 12 year olds I brought one time even found enough to enjoy in the place that they didn’t raise a stink.

    Though they particularly liked looking out the clock window, the outdoor terrace was an even bigger hit. And since they glimpsed the big Ferris wheel at the Place de la Concorde, we went straight over to the amusement park. We didn’t go on the Ferris wheel, but they loved the bumper cars and hamster balls. Then we let them burn off a bunch of energy in the playground. It is one of our best days ever.

  2. Although I’ve visited the Orsay several times, it’s impossible to see everything unless one is lucky enough to live in Paris and go often. (lucky you!) One of the things I’ve never seen is that fascinating cross-section of the opera house. The Caillboit I love – as well as his other works. As I remember, he was one of the few artists who was wealthy and could devote his life to art without having to worry about a roof over his head or if he would have anything to eat.

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