Musée d'Orsay, Paris

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    Musee d'Orsay

    by Dabs Updated Apr 17, 2014

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    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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    Practical Info (2014) at Musée d'Orsay.

    by breughel Updated Apr 14, 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.

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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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    Musée d'Orsay

    by gwened Updated Feb 1, 2014
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    a wonderful impressionist place to live off on for hours, an inmense old train station save for the lovers of arts. Le musée possède la plus grande collection d'œuvres impressionnistes au monde
    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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    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!

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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
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    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? :))

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    Touring the Orsay Museum with an expert

    by Nemorino Updated Sep 17, 2013

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    In August 2013 I had the privilege of touring the Orsay Museum with VT member breughel (Eddy). First we had a great lunch together at the ornate museum restaurant on the second floor and then he showed me some of his favorite paintings in nearly all the departments of the museum.

    Unfortunately the Orsay Museum no longer allows photography in the exhibition halls, so I can’t show you any of the paintings he showed me, but most of them can be seen on the museum’s website. A lot of them can also be seen on the many Orsay tips that Eddy (breughel) has made here on VirtualTourist. He made most of these before 2010, when photography at the Orsay was still allowed:
    My favourite museum
    Highlights to visit in a few hours
    RENOIR - The dances
    "Manet, inventeur du Moderne" exhibition
    An Impressionist Triptych
    Special exhibition "L'IMPRESSIONNISME ET LA MODE"
    Musée d'Orsay - Monet "La pie - The magpie"
    Caillebotte, patron of arts and painter
    Sculptures
    "SCANDALOUS NUDES" at ORSAY!
    Missing highlights - Oeuvres manquantes
    Vincent Van Gogh at Orsay
    Van Gogh at Musée d'Orsay
    TRANSFORMATIONS in 2010 -2011 at Orsay
    The renovated Musée d'Orsay
    Practical Info at renovated Orsay

    While we were touring the Orsay museum in 2013, Eddy was particularly pleased to find that all the museum’s Van Goth paintings had returned from their recent travels: All Van Gogh's on display.

    Upstairs in the Impressionist gallery on the 5th floor, he especially pointed out some of his favorite paintings by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), whose works I have somehow never particularly noticed up to now.

    This was my first visit to the Orsay Museum since it was renovated and rearranged from 2009 to 2011. The Impressionists (Manet, Degas, Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Sisley...) are still on the 5th floor in a renovated gallery under the glass canopy, but the Post-Impressionists (Van Gogh, Gauguin, the school of Pont-Aven, Cross, Seurat, the Douanier Rousseau) are now on the middle level, on the side of the Rue de Lille, in rooms that have also been renovated. This new arrangement was intended to “ensure a better distribution of visitors in the museum” instead of having all the most popular works in the same gallery.


    My first photo on this tip shows the outside of the Orsay Museum in the summer of 2013, with the new Emmarchement leading down to the river. (This is a different view that I have not posted up to now.)

    Second photo: A lady riding a Vélib’ bike at the Orsay Museum in 2013, near the big Vélib’ station 7007 on rue de Lille.

    Third photo: The Orsay Museum as I saw it from the tourist boat in 2012.

    Fourth photo: A collage of photos from my first Orsay tip in 2008, when photography was still allowed in the museum.

    Fifth photo: My advance ticket to the Orsay Museum, which allowed me to use the priority entrance (gate C) with hardly any waiting time. Unlike the Louvre, the Orsay Museum offers tickets with a print-at-home option through the fnac website, so you can print out your ticket yourself and you don’t have to pick it up at one of the fnac stores.

    Next review from September 2013: The Richelieu Wing of the Louvre

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    Don't Miss the Musée d'Orsay

    by Beausoleil Updated Aug 9, 2013

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    Update: There was serious renovation going on 2010 and 2011 so many works were touring during this time period. Also, and importantly, the museum has changed its policy on photography. No photos are allowed in the museum. Here is my "rough" translation of why: "It is forbidden to photograph and film in the Museum. To preserve the comfort of visit and works as security, it is now forbidden to photograph or film in the rooms of the Museum. This measure is particularly linked to the proliferation of the "end of arm" shots via mobile phones. Reproductions of most of the works from the collections can be downloaded from the site (catalogue of works, including commented works)." In English: Photo Policy in the Musée d'Orsay

    Regarding the renovation time span: "In 2012, further small galleries will in turn be transformed. We will then tackle the spaces on the median level on the Seine side. All the renovation work should be finished around 2015." The museum is open during ongoing work and should not be missed.

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    The Musée d'Orsay is a transformed train station and the architecture is nearly as fascinating as the art collection inside. The former Gare d'Orsay, closed to trains in 1973, was inaugurated as a museum in 1986 by then-President Mitterrand.

    This is where the Impressionists are exhibited, where you find Van Gogh, Pisarro, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Millet, sculpture by Rodin and the list goes on.

    Many people expect these paintings to be in the Louvre and are disappointed when they don't see them. If you are looking for them, be sure to visit the d'Orsay and enjoy. Be sure to climb to the top floor and view the inside of the museum. Also view Sacre Coeur from behind the very large window clock facing the basilique on a hill. It's a magnificent view of Paris.

    It can get very crowded inside the museum so we like to go a bit later in the day and start at the top floor and work our way down. One of my husband's favorites is "The Angelus" by Millet and we always visit that before we leave.

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    Garnier in the Orsay

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 1, 2013

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    1. Cross-section of the Op��ra Garnier
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    At the back end of the ground floor of the Musée d'Orsay there is an interesting exhibit on the building of the "new" (meaning new in the 19th century) opera house which was ordered by the Emperor Napoleon III and designed by the young architect Charles Garnier (1825-1898).

    This model shows a cross-section of the opera building, with its entrance hall, grand staircase, auditorium with crown and the stage and backstage areas. Today this opera house is known as the Opéra Garnier or Palais Garnier, after its architect. It is one of five opera houses currently operating in Paris, the others being the Opéra Bastille, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Opéra Comique (Salle Favart), and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

    Second photo: L'escalier de l'Opéra, a painting of the Grand Staircase of the then-new opera house, painted around 1980 by Victor Navlet (1819-1886). The French State bought this painting directly from the artist in 1881 and displayed it for six years in the French Embassy in Berlin.

    Third photo: This is the definitive sketch for the ceiling of the opera house, by the painter Jules-Eugène Lenepveu (1819-1898), who proceeded to paint exactly this on the round ceiling of the auditorium. Lenepveu's ceiling paintings are still there, but they are no longer visible because they have been covered since 1964 by the new ceiling paintings of Marc Chagall (1887-1985).

    Fourth photo: Portrait of the architect Charles Garnier, painted in 1868 by Paul Baudry (1828-1886).

    Fifth photo: Under a glass floor there is a model of the opera house and the entire district around it, as it was in the early years of the 20th century.

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    To -loose one leg is unfortuante, Toulouse two is.

    by sourbugger Updated May 17, 2013

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    What's the weather like up there ?
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    I know there must be a joke in there somewhere.

    Anyway, one of the artists who really sums up the Parisien spirit, especailly the bohemian lifestyle of the early part of the 20th century was Toulouse- Lautrec. He lost one leg in an accident at age 12 - and then the other two years later ! This meant his legs stopped growing from then on.

    Such little things (sorry for that heightest comment) didn't stop him enjoying life to the full. He was often to be found in the Moulin Rouge and other such establishments with a large glass of wine in one hand and a sketching pad in the other. Not sure where he would have placed the Parisien hooker - what a clever dick. He would then develop his drawings in the studio the next day.

    His was truely a life given over to wine, women and song - the lucky bastard.

    Several of his painting were re-worked to be used as advertisments for the Moulin rouge, whilst man of his intimate portraits hang in galleries around the world. Some of the best are still to be found in the Musee d'Orsay - don't miss 'em.

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