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August 15, 2006
From journal Strolling Through Paris
August 11, 2006
It closes one day a week and lines can be longer than those at the Louvre, so get there early. It can be a little confusing getting from one floor to another. The first time I visited, security evacuated the building, but the whole thing only took about 20 minutes.
From journal Paris in Spring...and Summer
August 1, 2006
From journal A Week in Paris
by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
November 26, 2005
From journal Ah, Paris!!!
October 28, 2005
Seventy-three years after it had first opened, the hotel was closed and it was perilously close to being bulldozed and replaced with new buildings. But, once again, the government interceded and the desire for Paris to have a museum for modern art (i.e. 1850s onwards) was high on their agenda. The Hotel d’Orsay was perfect – its architecture was "of the period" - and in 1978, it was listed as a building of significant historical importance, opening its doors as the Musee d’Orsay in December 1986.
The museum is spread over three floors, and it’s an architectural delight. Indeed, it is hard to think that it was designed with anything other than its current usage in mind. We are fans of this era of art – much more so that the earlier period as exhibited in the Louvre - and some of our real favourites are hung here.
On the ground floor, you’ll see works painted up to 1870, and they’re hung in small bays in chronological groups: Degas, Delacroix, Ingres and Moreau and Edouard Manet are the "main men," and amongst the installations are Delacroix’s sensational "Lion Hunt," full of amazing movement and savagery, and Manet’s controversial "Olympia."
On the top floor you can view some of the great works of the Impressionists, Degas’ dancing lesson and Monet’s hay ricks, poppies, and Rouen Cathedral, alongside other great works by Pisarros, Renoir, Cezanne, and Van Gogh. We will never forget, having visited Arles, Van Gogh’s great La nuit étoilée (starry night), and I just love Monet’s atmospheric Saint-Lazare railway station.
The museum also boasts a fine sculpture section. In my opinion, Degas’ bronze sculptured dancers are supreme, and a lot of people agreed as we clustered around the display cabinet. I’d never seen any work by Dalou until I visited the Musee d-Orsay and have to say that I was transfixed by the poignancy of his 2m high "Large Peasant." This would have spoken volumes in its day and still holds relevance in the 21st century.
This museum is a great setting with some superb examples of modern artwork.
From journal Paris and its Museums
San Jose, California
October 20, 2005
From journal Third Time's The Charm
October 4, 2005
From journal Paris is a moveable feast
September 9, 2005
The artwork was my big draw to the museum, being a huge fan of impressionism myself (I am an art history minor, which influences my opinion of Paris greatly). Though it seemed to take forever to get up to the little maze of galleries that held my Renoirs, the journey was worth it, for the art all around was terrific. I especially enjoyed the statue at the end of the main gallery (four women and a globe, though I can't remember the name of it). The rooms displaying Art Nouveau pieces were very interesting. Besides, this museum is chockfull of famous 19th-century paintings, from Manet's "Olympia" to Monet's "Gare St Lazare."
I arrived at the museum shortly after opening and there was already a line out the door, though it moved quickly. I spent roughly 4 or 5 hours in the museum, which was enough time to cover everything (resting at my favorite works) and also eat lunch in the dining room.
From journal Paris in a Weekend
Saint Paul, Minnesota
August 24, 2005
The D'Orsay is fantastic, from the building to the collections. Housed inside an old train station, this museum is great for those who feel too overwhelmed to tackle the Louvre. There are still many amazing works in a much smaller space.
The D'Orsay officially became a museum in 1986. Before that, the building had been both a train station and a hotel. Many remnants of the station remain, from a gorgeous ornate ceiling to a giant clock.
The collection itself contains works by Monet, Seurat, Rodin, Renoir, and van Gogh, among others. The D'Orsay is the only place to find some of these artists most well-known works, including van Gogh's Starry Night. There are tons of paintings, but also a number of sculptures.
The Musée D'Orsay is open Tuesday through Sunday, with late hours on Thursdays. Go to the museum’s website for more information.
From journal Paris: Hot and sweaty, but worth it
New York, New York
August 11, 2005
From journal First-Time Paris