Musée d’Orsay – Paris museum

Aug 01 Musée d’Orsay – Paris museum

Musée d’Orsay is one of my favorite museums. It is housed in an impressive Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900, which is  large enough to see many great master pieces and small enough to walk through it all. Since it used to be a train station, it has a very casual and open feel to it, unlike most other art museums. Plus,  they let us take pictures of anything. Only in Paris!

Overlooking the Louvre, from the roof – Photo by Soo Kim

The settings cannot be better. Musée d’Orsay is located pretty much right across the Seine from the Lovure.  Last time I was is Paris, I was lucky enough to stay in a walking distance from both the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

Musée d'Orsay Clock

Musée d’Orsay Clock – Don’t forget to take a picture of this clock. It is one of the most popular art print subjects on art.com or posters.com. Photo by Soo Kim

I cannot skip mentioning the museum’s great collection. It holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces (the largest in the world) by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. I took pictures of the several master pieces.

People hanging out in front of the museum – Photo by Soo Kim

In Europe, people seem to hang out more outside, sitting on a stair case or on a bridge, than people in the US. There are many places to sit down and rest your legs, munching on your snacks. It looks so peaceful and relaxing.

1Comment
  • George Winkleblossom
    Posted on Aug 09, 2011 Reply

    oh yeah!

    That is a great museum…I went there two years ago with a beautiful woman ! The building is amazing…

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