Nerdy adventures since 2006

Musee D'Orsay

March 04, 2007

Something of a late start, but no matter: today is the first Sunday of the month and both Musee D'Orsay and thte Louvre sport free entry. Reasoning that the Louvre would be unreasonably busy today of all days, I opt the Musee D'Orsay.

This advertises impressionist works, such as by Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, Manet, Cezanne and Picasso. All good. I can pass away the afternoon here.

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It turns out the building was originally a rail station built for an exhibition; it more or less fell into disrepair and assumed a number of roles before becoming a musuem as recently as 1986.

It hardly needs saying, but this must have been some railway station.

Anyway, I start with the older works. These lie on the ground floor, either side of a central walkway which contains mostly scuptures.

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I skim through here before ascending to the top floor where the most modern (and famous, and popular, and crowded) works are displayed.

Highlights for me are the Van Goghs and - pardon my ignorance - the "dotty" paintings. I'll eventually work out what they're called. Examples of both follow... such as below:

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The only point I have to make is that having been to so many museums in America it's only now I realise how excellent those museums/galleries really were - it's so hard to follow the MOMA and Metropolitan Museum of Art even just for French art...even when you are in Paris.

Well, anyway - it's still an excellent gallery. After a middling coffee and an excellent waffle, I leave.

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