Musée d'Orsay, Paris

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    Another must do while in Paris

    by jlanza29 Updated Dec 3, 2014

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    The Musée d'Orsay on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.

    It has the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986.

    Another world class museum and a must do in Paris !!!

    Admission was 11 Euro's and you can literally spend all day here ... also several section you aren't allowed to take photo's.

    We went on a Thursday night and the crowd wasn't as bad ... it's open till 9:45.

    Main entrance, be ready to stand in line The famous clock As you enter .. sign says no photos

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    Musée d'Orsay

    by gwened Updated Nov 18, 2014

    a wonderful impressionist place to live off on for hours, an inmense old train station save for the lovers of arts. The museum has the biggest art collection from the impressionist school in the world.
    Best enter by rue de Lille

    The old Gare d'Orsay was born of the needs of several train companies to bring the station closer to the city center. The company Compagnie des Chemins de fer d'Orléans was not help byt its proximity to the gare d'Austerlitz. the company purchase land in 1897 near the quai d'Orsay and then holding the ruins of the Palais d'Orsay, the old tax court burned by the communards uprisings in 1871. The train station Gare d'Orsay opened in July 14 1900. the traffic of long carrier lines ceased in November 1939 due to the interruption of traffic train to the suburbs due to the new RER.
    The idea of a museum on the old train station began in 1973 under the government of Pres Georges Pompidou; however the museum does not see the light until December 1 ,1986 opening by Pres François Mitterrand.

    The rest is history of great proportion today only second to the Louvre as museums goes in France.
    you can see the updated ticket prices at the official site in contact. For minimising the waiting lines
    buy your tickets online, go in by entrance C, no need to stop by the waiting line. Choose your visiting days on days of less traffic and no special showing expo, these are the wednesday, Thursdays at nights admission days ,and the fridays.

    you can help maintain this wonderful place by becoming a friend of the museum of Orsay here, http://www.amis-musee-orsay.org/

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    Musee d'Orsay

    by Khamsangla Written Nov 6, 2014

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    Although the Lourve is cleary the most well known of Paris's museums, I was ready to go after seeing the Mona Lisa. As someone who likes art, but not the tediousness of having to groom through miles of gallery walls to find something I like, I prefer smaller, more organized museums like Musee d'Orsay (The Orsay Museum).

    The museum houses mainly paintings, but also has a nice collection of sculpted art, some of which are by Rodin. One of the things I like best about this museum is it's layout. I love when things are catalogued, and here the paintings are displayed by artist, so if you just want to see,for example, Van Gogh and Renoir, you can easily bypass the rest, see want interests you and then move on to whatever's next on your intinery.

    The museum can get busy, particulary, around Van Gogh's work, and my advise to this is be patient - stand back and allow those in front of you to finish 'appreciating'. I had people elbow me to get through and it was extremely irritating!

    Expect queues during peak periods (summer ect...) although immediate entry is granted to those with 'The Paris Pass'.

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    Practical Info (2014) at Musée d'Orsay.

    by breughel Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    MUSEE D'ORSAY - PRACTICAL INFO.
    OPEN daily, except Mondays, from 09.30 to 18.00 h. Late night on Thursdays until 21.45 h.
    Last tickets sold at 17.00 h (21.00 h Thursdays)
    CLOSED on MONDAYS, on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
    Tickets price (2014): 11 €, reduced 8,50 €.
    Free on first Sunday of the month.

    AVOIDING THE LINES.
    It's never amusing when arriving at a museum to face long lines like you see here from my photo 1 showing the entrance called A, facing the quay on the river Seine, for individual visitors without ticket, and the other one called C (photo 2), on the rue de Lille side, for visitors who have already their ticket or passes, or priority access. They have only to pass the security check.
    B and D entrances are for pre-booked groups.

    There are several ways to get the ticket before the visit:

    1° ONLINE PRINTABLE TICKET at :
    www.fnac.com
    www.digitick.com
    www.ticketnet.fr
    There are supplementary charges for administration (1,60 or 1,70 €. One pays 11,00 (basic price) + 1,70 (commission) = 12,70 € for example at the FNAC).
    You can print out tickets purchased in advance and enter the museum through the reserved entrance (entrance C). The museum entrance ticket is valid for one year and one day. The special exhibition ticket is valid for the day selected on booking.
    Tickets bought online cannot be collected at the museum.

    For a forthcoming visit I used Digitick because they ask less personal information than the FNAC shops (It should be noted that till now the Louvre Museum is NOT giving the possibility of printing tickets at home like Orsay).

    2° ADVANCE TICKET SALES.
    There are a number of points of sale in France like big shops Fnac, Carrefour, Géant, Système U, Bon Marché, Virgin Megastore, Auchan, Leclerc, Galeries Lafayette.
    Tourist Information Points at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris-Orly airport, Versailles Tourist Office.
    (On my last visit I bought my ticket at the FNAC where I use to buy books when in Paris. The surcharge of 1,70 € is well worth the gain of time at the entrance of the museum.)

    3° COMBINED TICKET with another museum.
    Musée d'Orsay /Musée de l'Orangerie Passport at 16,00 €
    This entrance ticket is valid, on the date purchased, for the permanent collections and exhibitions of the museum where it was bought, and for a visit to the permanent collections and exhibitions of the other museum within four days.
    There are fewer lines at the Orangerie but I wouldn't guarantee it.

    EATING AND DRINKING.
    The Restaurant on Level 2.
    In a previous tip I wrote here on the former restaurant of the Hôtel d'Orsay, still as magnificent as it was when it opened in 1900. The food is good, the prices are reasonable (menus at 22 and 32 €; dish of the day 17€) and the service is kind (bilingual French-English).
    As my visits to the Musée d'Orsay extend on several hours, usually I have here a pleasant lunch pause.
    The Café Campana (French Brasserie type food) on Level 5 near the Impressionist Gallery has been renovated and redesigned what was a necessity because the previous cafeteria was rather bad.
    The Café de l'Ours floor 0 at the far end of the Nave offers a self-service selection.

    PHOTOS.
    Sadly enough photos are no more allowed inside the museum since 2010.
    All photos from paintings I show are from my visits before 2010.

    lines at A entrance No lines at entrance C. Salon de l Restaurant.
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    Musée d'Orsay - Monet "La pie - The magpie".

    by breughel Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    Nearly 300 VT members made comments here on the magnificent collections of the museum of Orsay and the ancient railway station which shelters them.
    I will just visit one painting of Claude Monet which on each of my visits made my hart bounce and my eyes shine with pleasure.
    It is a rather large painting called "La pie" (the magpie) of a winter landscape painted in 1869 at the beginning of his career and which for that reason is exposed on the first floor among the pre-impressionists.
    At first this painting attracts the glance of the visitor by its almost white monochromy. But quickly we realize that the snow is not white - white does not exist - she shows nuances of grey, blue, yellow with some lines and dark spots in brown or black.
    There are the warm tones in the sunny part of the landscape and the cold tones in the shadow.
    On the barrier, there is the magpie …
    A so fascinating beauty deserves the journey to the Musée d'Orsay.

    Monet was an excellent painter of snow scenes and painted some 18 in the area of Argenteuil.

    Open 9.30 - 18 h (on Thursday 21.45 h). Closed on Monday.
    Tickets can be bought from 9 h on.
    Tickets price (2014): 11 €, reduced 8,50 €.
    Free on first Sunday of the month.
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    Près de 300 VT membres se sont exprimés ici sur les magnifiques collections du musée d'Orsay. Je me contenterai de visiter un tableau de Claude Monet qui est pour moi un "coup de cœur". Il s'agit de "La pie" un assez grand tableau d'un paysage enneigé peint en 1869 soit au début de sa carrière et qui pour cette raison est exposée au rez-de-chaussée parmi les pré-impressionistes.
    Ce tableau attire le regard du visiteur par sa quasi monochromie blanche. Mais rapidement on réalise que la neige n'est pas blanche - le blanc n'existe pas - elle présente des nuances de gris, de bleu, de jaune avec quelques lignes et taches sombres en brun ou noir. Il y a les tons chauds dans la partie ensoleillée du paysage et les tons froids dans l'ombre.
    Sur la barrière, il y a la pie…
    Une beauté aussi captivante mérite plus que le détour, elle mérite le voyage.

    Monet, qui excellait dans les scènes avec neige, en a peint 18 dans la région d'Argenteuil.

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    RENOIR - The dances.

    by breughel Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    The museum of Orsay contains a beautiful collection of Auguste Renoir's works among which the two large paintings with dancers impressed me from my first visit here.
    "Dance in the country" and "Dance in the city" (1883) belong to the second period called "Ingresque" or "dry" of Renoir. The drawing is more net, the outline more precise than with his first "impressionistic" period (1864-1883).
    Renoir wrote "I had gone up to the end of the impressionism and I arrived to the observation that I did not know how to paint or draw." Amazing this questioning by a master of the impressionistic art!

    He painted three couples of dancers among whom two are here on display in the museum of Orsay the third is in Boston.
    I was particularly seduced by these couples of dancers. The man leaning forwards murmurs soft things to the ear of his partner; she, beautiful woman, red-haired, follows with elegance the movement of the music (a waltz?).
    We know that she is Suzanne Valadon who was also a model for Puvis de Chavannes and Toulouse-Lautrec and became herself a painter and mother of the painter Utrillo.

    After his short "ingresque" period from 1883 till 1890, Renoir enters his period "nacrée - pearly" The term represents very well the shape, the colour, the light and the sensual delight of this period during which he paints numerous "baigneuses - the bathers".
    In the same room 39 are two other beautiful paintings of his pearly period - "période nacrée"
    "Jeunes filles au piano" (1892) and "Grand nu" (1907).

    Renoir was a very prolific painter: more than 4000 paintings!

    NOTE : In July 2008 "Dance in the Country" was not at Orsay but travelling around the world.

    MOST UNFORTUNATELY WHEN I VISITED END OF MARCH 2012 THEY HAD AGAIN LEFT ORSAY TO GO DANCING SOMEWHERE ABROAD. THEY SHOULD BE BACK END OF MAY.

    Open 9.30 - 18 h (on Thursday 21.45 h). Closed on Monday.
    Tickets can be bought from 9 h on.
    Tickets price (2014): 11 €, reduced 8,50 €.
    Free on first Sunday of the month.

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    by Dabs Updated Apr 17, 2014

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    Last visit April 2014

    The Musee d'Orsay is my favorite art museum in Paris, perhaps even in the world as it features my favorite period for art, impressionism, the collection covers the years between 1848 and 1914 and I believe it is the best impressionist art collection in the world. I think I have visited on every one of my trips to Paris, c'est magnifique!

    The building itself was built as a train station for the 1900 World's Fair and was opened as the Musee d' Orsay in 1986.

    The line for the museum is usually long, I kissed my museum pass as we strolled up to the special entrance and waltzed right in. Worth the price just for that!

    I usually walk to the opposite end of the museum from the entrance and take the escalators straight up to the 5th level to the impressionist and post-impressionist collection including many works by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas and all of the other famous impressionist painters. You'll also find many of these same artisits on the ground floor in the pre-impressionist collection.

    Closed: Monday
    opening hours 9:30am-6pm, Thursday until 9:45pm
    included on museum pass (make sure to go to special entrance C to skip the ticket queue), discount rate after 6pm on Thursday, 4:15pm other days

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    Musee d’Orsay

    by mindcrime Written Mar 26, 2014

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    It was my last day in Paris but I had some hours before I head to the airport, the day grew sunless so I was thinking about a museum visit, I glanced at the clock and was nearly 8.30. It was time to shot out of bed so to be at Musee d’Orsay before the doors open (9.30am) as I knew this is the second most popular museum in Paris after Louvre. It opened in 1986 and it’s housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a railway station that was built in 1900 as the terminus for the railways of SE France until 1939.

    Unfortunately a group of Japanese tourists spent about 20’ to get their RER tickets from the machine so I was out of Musee d’Orsay station at 10.15 and saw a long queue of more than 500 people, I stood at the end of the line listening to Beck’s Morning Phase and reading a book, after 25’ I realized the queue was much bigger now but I was still at the same spot! After 15’ an announcement came from the speakers “the doors will be open shortly but some parts of the museum will be closed due to renovation”. I decided that this wasn’t my day to see some world class painting by great artists (Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Carriere, Courbet, Boudin, Pissarro, Manet etc) including the famous Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone, Cezanne’s The Card Players Manet’s Olympia etc

    The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30-18.00
    The entrance fee is 11euros (or 15e along with Musee Rodin)

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    Caillebotte, patron of arts and painter.

    by breughel Updated Feb 4, 2014

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    Before my first visit to the Musée d'Orsay I ignored who was Gustave Caillebotte.
    Today I am grateful to this generous sponsor of impressionistic painters such as Degas, Monet and Renoir and collector of impressionist art who bequeathed to the French State 67 paintings of which 27 were refused by the National Museums who considered these paintings as "drift of an unhealthy art"!
    In those times (1896) the public and administrations were less fond of impressionism than a century later.

    But Caillebotte was also a talented painter who painted about 500 works in a style often more realistic than that of his impressionistic friends.
    The painter Caillebotte became famous for his sights of the streets of Paris made since balconies, for scenes of the labour life such as the "Raboteurs de parquet - parquet planers" , for landscapes of gardens and parks.
    He was a rich man, a naval architect what explains that he often painted nautical scenes as he participated to regattas.

    Open 9.30 - 18 h (on Thursday 21.45 h). Closed on Monday.
    Tickets can be bought from 9 h on.
    Price (2014) 11 €. . Free less than 18 yr or 18 - 25 yr from the EU .

    All my photos are from before 2010.


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    Mécène et peintre.
    J'ignorais qui était Gustave Caillebotte avant ma première visite au Musée d'Orsay. Aujourd'hui j'ai de la reconnaissance pour ce mécène généreux envers les peintres impressionnistes et collectionneur qui légua à l'Etat Français 67 tableaux mais dont les Musées Nationaux refusèrent 27 tableaux considérés comme "dérives d'un art malsain". A l'époque (1896) on était moins friand d'impressionnisme qu'un siècle plus tard.
    Mais Caillebotte était aussi un peintre talentueux qui peignit quelque 500 oeuvres dans un style souvent plus réaliste que celui de ses amis impressionnistes.
    L'œuvre la plus célèbre est bien sur "les Raboteurs de parquet" .
    Cette salle comporte d'autres belles œuvres de Caillebotte.

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    "SCANDALOUS NUDES" at ORSAY!

    by breughel Updated Feb 4, 2014

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    The museum of Orsay shows some paintings of nudes which in their time (around 1860) where found scandalous.
    The art amateur will notice that this decennia of 1860 produced academic nudes such as "Naissance de Vénus" (1863) of Alexandre Cabanel, impressionist nudes like "Déjeuner sur l'herbe" (1863) and "Olympia" (1863) from Edouard Manet as well as realistic nudes such as "Femme nue avec chien" (1862) and "l'Origine du Monde" (1866) from Gustave Courbet.

    As for "l'Origine du Monde" of Courbet, acquired in 1995, I notice that today this provocating nudity, an almost anatomical description of the female organs, still arouses emotion. The first years that she was exhibited at Orsay a special security guard was posted in the room!
    Now that the Courbet's nude "L'Origine du Monde" is travelling all over the world there is no reason for me not to publish the photo in this review.

    RECENT NEWS.
    About the head of the model for the Courbet's painting "L'Origine du Monde" hereafter the statement of the Musée d'Orsay (Le Figaro 8/02/2013):

    Des hypothèses fantaisistes ont récemment été développés autour de L'Origine du monde de Gustave Courbet conservée au musée d'Orsay. Celui-ci souhaite rappeler certains faits bien connus des historiens de l'art. L'Origine du monde est une composition achevée et en aucun cas le fragment d'un œuvre plus grande. Longtemps entourée de secrets y compris dans ses dispositifs de présentation.
    Certaines zones d'ombre subsistent dans son historique. Une certitude cependant, confirmée par tous les témoignages du XIXe siècle: le tableau visible chez Khalil-Bey, son premier propriétaire et probable commanditaire, était bien ‘une femme nue sans pieds et sans tête. À cette description de l'œuvre par Gambetta répond celle de Maxime Ducamp qui mentionne en 1878 que Courbet n'avait pas représenté «le cou et la tête» de ce «portait de femme bien difficile à décrire».*

    Translation (software + my correction):
    Fanciful hypotheses have recently been developed around L'Origine du Monde by Gustave Courbet at the Musée d'Orsay. We would recall some well-known facts of art historians. The Origin of the World is a complete composition and not a fragment of a larger work …
    Some gray areas remain in its history. Certainty, however, confirmed by all accounts of the nineteenth century in the painting visible at Khalil Bey, the first owner and probable sponsor, was indeed a naked woman without legs and without a head. In this description of the work by Gambetta that meets the one of Maxime Ducamp in 1878 which mentions that Courbet had not represented the "head and neck" of this "woman portrait was very difficult to describe."

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    Les nus à scandale d'Orsay!

    Le musée d'Orsay comporte quelques tableaux de nus qui ont défrayé la chronique en leur temps (±1860) et dont l'un "l'Origine du Monde" (1866) de Gustave Courbet suscite encore des remous.
    Cette même décennie 1860 produisit à la fois des nus aussi académiques que la "Naissance de Vénus" (1863) du néo-classique Alexandre Cabanel, des nus d'inspiration impressionniste comme "Déjeuner sur l'herbe" (1863) et "Olympia" (1863) d' Edouard Manet ainsi que des nus réalistes comme la "Femme nue avec chien" (1862) et "l'Origine du Monde" (1866) de Gustave Courbet.

    Les deux nus de Manet, surtout le "Déjeuner sur l'herbe", déchaînèrent les sarcasmes et critiques au Salon de 1863. J'avoue que le contraste entre les deux messieurs en redingote et la dame nue m'interpellent. Qu'allait-elle faire nue dans la forêt; à moins qu'elle ne se soit baignée dans l'étang à l'arrière plan?

    Quant à "l'Origine du Monde" de Courbet, acquis en 1995 je constate qu'aujourd'hui encore cette nudité crue, provocante, une description presque anatomique du sexe féminin, suscite de l'émotion: les messieurs la photographient, leur compagne se tient en retrait.


    Open 9.30 - 18 h (on Thursday 21.45 h). Closed on Monday.
    Tickets can be bought from 9 h on.
    Price (2014) 11 €. €. Free less than 18 yr or 18 - 25 yr from the EU .

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    Sculptures.

    by breughel Updated Feb 4, 2014

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    The museum of Orsay presents 200 sculptures of the 19th century in the central aisle, the terraces Lille, Seine and Rodin as well as in room 59.
    If you have no time to visit the Rodin museum you will find numerous works of him at the Musée d'Orsay as well as the sculptors Maillol, Bourdelle, Bernard and many others in all styles.
    My favourite work is Albert Bartholomé's magnificent bronze statue "crying little girl" (1894).
    A wide show case is completely dedicated to Edgar Degas sculptures, mainly ballerina's among which the famous "Petite danseuse de 14 ans" a bronze statue in diverse colourings, with a tutu in tulle and pink ribbon in her hair. The original wax statue was strongly criticized for her hyperrealism at an exhibition in 1881.The bronze statue was made after the death of Edgar Degas.

    Open 9.30 - 18 h (on Thursday 21.45 h). Closed on Monday.
    Tickets can be bought from 9 h on.
    Price (2014) 11€. Free less than 18 yr or 18 - 25 yr from the EU .

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    Le musée d'Orsay présente près de 200 sculptures du 19e siècle dans l'allée centrale, les terrasses Lille, Seine et Rodin ainsi que dans la salle 59. Si vous n'avez pas le temps de visiter le musée Rodin vous trouverez de nombreuses œuvres à Orsay ainsi que les sculpteurs Maillol, Bourdelle, Bernard et bien d'autres dans tous les styles.
    Mon œuvre préférée est une merveilleuse statue en bronze d'Albert Bartholomé "Petite fille pleurant" (1894).
    Au niveau supérieur, salle 31, une large vitrine est entièrement consacrée à des œuvres d'Edgar Degas principalement des danseuses dont la fameuse "Petite danseuse de 14 ans" une statue en bronze avec patine aux diverses colorations, avec tutu en tulle et ruban rose dans les cheveux.
    A l'époque (1881) cette statue réaliste à l'origine en cire fut fortement critiquée; on lui trouva un visage "marque d'un caractère particulièrement vicieux"!
    L'édition en bronze fut faite après la mort de Degas; la statuette du musée d'Orsay est un exemplaire.

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    The renovated Musée d'Orsay.

    by breughel Updated Jan 27, 2014

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    Now that the Musée d'Orsay has been renovated I made a new visit end March 2012 and in August 2013 to see the results.
    First point is that the paintings are now on display on walls with a dark grey color with a touch of violet in it. Before the walls were clear.

    But the most important innovation is the separation between the Impressionists Manet, Degas, Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Sisley, etc.. remaining at Level 5 in rooms 29 to 37 and the Post-Impressionists Van Gogh, Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven, Cross, Seurat, Henri Rousseau coming down to the level 2, on the rue de Lille side in rooms 67 to 72.
    This has the advantage of better distribution of visitors who previously congregated at Level 5 to see the Impressionists and the twenty Van Gogh at Orsay .

    At Level 0 things have not changed too much and I could find some beloved paintings that make me visit regularly this museum. But I had some disappointment because of some missing highlights. I mentioned already this before. A number of them like the two "Danses" from Renoir and the "la Pie -the Magpie" from Monet are travelling abroad.
    I would recommend to art lovers who come from afar to see specific paintings to consult the website of the Musée d'Orsay at Interactive Floor Plan - Map Searching the Gallery to find out if the painting(s) they want to see are present at the museum.

    Even if I missed some of my favored paintings I discovered some which I hadn't seen before like that Van Gogh "La nuit étoilée sur le Rhône" in room 71 at Level 2 (not to confuse with the "Starry Night" at the MOMA NYC). A real marvel which has been travelling on all continents so that I had not seen it before.

    And then in the Symbolist Gallery at Level 0 I felt in love with a "Jeune Femme Rousse" by Charles Maurin. A very sad love story for me because that portrait is from 1889 so that this young red-haired woman I felt in love with is no more among the alive!

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    All Van Gogh's on display.

    by breughel Updated Jan 26, 2014

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    On my recent visit to Orsay, end August 2013 with VT friend Nemorino, I was glad to see that all Van Gogh's were on display in the museum. This is at Level 2 on the Rue de Lille side, rooms 70, 71 & 72 Neo-Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
    The highlights are "L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise, vue du chevet" and "La nuit étoilée". My favored "Les roulottes, campement de bohémiens aux environs d'Arles" and "Fritillaires à couronne impériale dans un vase de cuivre" are again on display.
    Of course these rooms are crowded with visitors from all over the world. Some try to make photos and get shouted at by the attendants. Photos are forbidden since 2010.

    My photos are from before that time so that I'm not obliged to limit my illustrations here to the outside of Orsay!

    L'��glise d'Auvers-sur-Oise. Autoportrait. Fritillaires. Les roulottes. Portrait Dr. Gachet.
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    Van Gogh at Musée d'Orsay.

    by breughel Updated Jan 26, 2014

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    Since the renovation works the Van Gogh paintings have been moved downstairs to the Niveau Médian 2 in rooms 71 and 72.
    Unfortunately from the 25 works the Musée d'Orsay has on its catalogue, only twelve were on display among with my favorites:
    "La nuit étoilée", "L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise, vue du chevet", "Chaumes de Cordeville à Auvers-sur-Oise", "Le docteur Paul Gachet".
    But my favored "Les roulottes, campement de bohémiens aux environs d'Arles" or "Fritillaires couronne impériale dans un vase de cuivre" are not on display! Why?
    I would recommend to art lovers who come from afar to see specific paintings to consult the website of the Musée d'Orsay at Interactive Floor Plan - Map Searching the Gallery to find out if the painting(s) they want to see are present at the museum.

    For me Van Gogh represents as much in my initiation to art as Pieter Bruegel: I discovered Van Gogh, when I was 7 years old, from reproductions of his works in a calendar. I presume that these paintings now at Orsay "impregnated" me when I was a kid and opened my liking for impressionism.

    From his early period in Holland there are two paintings on display in room 72. The "Tête de paysanne hollandaise" is not what I like most with Van Gogh. It is clear that his art improved when he reached Paris and assimilated the style of the Impressionist trend.
    It appears that the talent of Van Gogh developed in the same proportion as the intensity of the sunlight. The summit is reached under the sun of the Provence.

    Writing this tip I looked at the comment of CatherineReichhardt "OK, I FINALLY get van Gogh" and can only regret that she is no more writing on VT . Cathy is now back on VT.

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    A day with "stolen" photos from D'Orsay

    by adema29 Updated Jan 18, 2014

    Sorry for this but I don't know why I shouldn't take official some photos?
    Anyway they have all of them posted on internet.

    I've done than an half day visit to the museum, far to less time to enjoy it.
    I was running around, trying to see as much as possible, moving between the impressionists and post-impressionists, between statues and visitors from all over the World, hiding from the Cerberuses of the museum to take a capture with my camera and feeling guilty for all day after that.
    The pointillism is one of my preferred style and I consider it crazy and smart... special.
    I'll attach here some bad photos from the Museum, I hope that they'll forgive me for this and you'll enjoy it as I've done all the photos for this page, isn't it? :))

    Vue generell(!)-Musee D-Orsay Women at the Well, 1892, Mus��e d'Orsay, Paris The Circus-Georges Seurat Kids at Musee D'Orsay-art school-lovely! The beautiful
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