Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay) – Paris






Displaying works created between 1848 and 1914, the Musée d’Orsay includes within its extraordinary collection of more than ten thousand objects, the French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings revered by art lovers everywhere.  Housed in a magnificently rehabilitated former train station, there is no finer grouping of the breathtaking canvases of Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh anywhere in the world.

In addition to the incomparable collection of paintings, the Orsay boasts galleries dedicated to photography, architecture, graphic arts and decorative arts as well as an impressive sculpture gallery lit by a sweeping glass and steel roof dating to 1900 and this building’s former incarnation as the most elegant train station in Paris.  Dining in the museum café directly under the huge, industrial age steel and glass clock also original to building is another of the Orsay’s distinct pleasures.

Because the museum includes such crowd pleasing works it is often filled to overflowing and requires an extensive wait in line just to enter.  Purchase your tickets in advance for early in the day and proceed immediately to the top floor galleries that house the Impressionist paintings.  You’ll avoid the crowds and enjoy unobstructed views of the paintings that define French artistic achievement.

Manet’s revolutionary “Olympia” and “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” are arguably the museum’s two most illustrious and celebrated paintings.  Other extraordinary highlights are Cezanne’s “Apples and Oranges”, Renoir’s “Bal du moulin de la Galette”, Monet’s “Poppies Blooming”, Degas’s “L’absinthe” , Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” and Gaugin’s “Tahitian Women on the Beach” which are among each artist’s finest individual achievements.

Additional standouts include groundbreaking classics of French Realism like Millet’s “Gleaners”, Courbet’s “The Artist’s Studio” and Caillebotte’s “The Floor Scrapers”. The American, James McNeil Whistler’s most famous painting “Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1” more commonly known as “Whistler’s Mother” is yet another one of the museum’s most popular attractions.

Do not miss Rodin’s “The Age of Bronze”, “The Gates of Hell” and “The Thought” on your stroll through the sculpture gallery.  Carved in marble, “The Thought” portrays the head of Camille Claudel, a famed sculptress in her own right whose majestic bronze “Maturity” stands nearby.  And be sure to seek out Degas’ “Small Dancer Age 14”, perhaps the museum’s most prominent sculpture and a favorite of adults and children alike.

There is no more complete repository of the finest works in the Impressionist canon, a movement that changed the way the world looked at painting.  Only open since 1986, it’s no small wonder the Musée d’Orsay has quickly become one of the planet’s most popular and preeminent museums.





"Olympia" - Musee d'Orsay - Paris

Manet – “Olympia” – 1863

"Le dejeuner sur l'herbe" - Musee d'Orsay - Paris

Manet – “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe” – 1862

Renoir – “Bal du moulin de la Galette” – 1876

Whistler – “Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (Whistler’s Mother)” – 1871

Musee d’Orsay Exterior

Official Museum Site

 

 

Orsay Museum

(Musée d’Orsay)

62, rue de Lille

75343 Paris France

(1) 40-49-48-14

 

Current Exhibitions:

The Spectacular Second Empire

September 27, 2016 through January 15, 2017

 

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Frédéric Bazille: The Youth of Impressionism

November 15, 2016 through March 5, 2017

The Mystical Landscape

March 14, 2016 through June 25, 2017

 

Must-See in the Permanent Collection:

Painting:

  • “The Artist’s Studio” (Courbet) – 1855

  • “The Gleaners” (Millet) – 1857

  • “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” (Manet) – 1862

  • Olympia” (Manet) – 1863

  • “Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (Whistler’s Mother)” (Whistler) – 1871

  • “Poppies Blooming” (Monet) – 1873

  • “The Floor Scrapers” (Caillebotte) – 1875

  • “Bal du moulin de la Galette” (Renoir) – 1876

  • “L’absinthe” (Degas) – 1875

  • “Bedroom in Arles” (van Gogh) – 1889

  • “Tahitian Women on the Beach” (Gauguin) – 1891

  • “Apples and Oranges” (Cezanne) – 1899

Sculpture:

  • “The Bronze Age” (Rodin) – 1877

  • “The Gates of Hell” (Rodin) – 1880 – 1917

  • “The Thought” (Rodin) – 1895

  • “Maturity” (Claudel) – 1902

  • “Small Dancer – Age 14” (Degas) – 1921 (1865)

 

Visiting Hours:

Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Closed on Monday.

Closed for holidays on January 1, May 1 and December 25.

 

Admission:

€ 12 FOR AN ADULT TICKET OFFERING ACCESS TO THE PERMANENT COLLECTION AND TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS.

€ 9 FOR A STUDENT TICKET (18-25) OFFERING ACCESS TO THE PERMANENT COLLECTION AND TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS.

FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL VISITORS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE.

FREE ADMISSION FOR EVERYONE ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH AND ON JULY 14.

 

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