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June 5, 2005
From journal Four Days In Paris
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
November 17, 2004
Designed by Victor Lalour for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, the former Gare d’Orsay stands on the site of two former state buildings, which, in the early 19th century, were left in ruins due to the Paris Commune fires of 1870 to 1871. The Orléans Railway Company bought over the plot of land in 1897, with a view to make it a railway station for trains serving Nantes, Bordeaux, and Toulouse. Construction was completed within 2 years, just in time for the exhibition. Scheduled to be torn down in 1970, it was saved by the skin of its teeth, and in 1986, 47 years after it had closed as a mainline train station, the superb building was reopened as one of the foremost impressionist museums. A visit to this museum is a must even if you are not an art buff. And for art lovers (like myself), it can be a spiritual experience.
The long-distance terminus ceased operation in 1939, and the station, an immense hall with an arched vault 128 feet high, and running alongside it, a narrower hall topped by a series of seven cupolas, was then used for various purposes, including as an auction house and theater. The ceiling work illustrates the close partnership between construction workers and architects, and is characterised by a highly skilled system of roof timbers with no tie beams and monumental ornamentation, consisting of large caissons of molded plaster bound with vegetable fibres. Much of the original architecture was retained during the conversion from a railway station to a museum of note.
The facade that overlooks Rue de Bellechasse was the logical choice as the main entrance because of its peacefulness versus the windy quay that faces north. A canopy, the old entrance hall, and a café provide visitors with a warm welcome.
The new museum was set up to present each of the arts of the period from 1848 to 1914 in the context of the contemporary society and all the various forms of creative activity happening at the time. The museum sought to capture the full diversity of this unusually dense and prolific period by focusing not only on painting, sculpture, decorative, and graphic arts, but also on other visual arts, such as architecture, town planning, movies, posters, and press and illustrated books.
The vast collection is housed on three levels. The ground floor displays works from the mid- to late 19th century. The middle level features Art Nouveau decorative art and a range of paintings and sculptures from the second half of the 19th to 20th century. The upper level has an outstanding collection of art from the Impressionist and neo-Impressionist movement. A tour of the museum is chronological.
From journal Paris, for All Seasons, All the Year Through
August 19, 2004
From journal Beguiling Paris
Santa Cruz, California
August 10, 2004
From journal Fabulous In Le City
March 19, 2004
From journal Paris in March
February 1, 2004
After visiting Monet's Garden at Giverny the day before, it was almost surreal to see it depicted in Monet's beautiful works. I studied visual art and art history at school and so it was wonderful to see all the works in the gallery that I had studied.
Definitely one of my favourite galleries in the world and a great way to spend a rainy day in Paris.
From journal Paris on a Budget
Long Island, New York
January 18, 2004
From journal Paris and the French Riviera June 2001
January 15, 2004
You can also rent a small voice device that explains and describes many of the pieces of art. They aren't very expensive and provide a wealth of information. It will keep you at the museum longer, so if you are on a time schedule, you might want to bypass this.
The first floor is mostly sculptures, with many impressive pieces. There are sculptures from rodin, Claudel,Carpeaux and Degas, just to name a few. The museum has a section on early photography. There is a nice restaraunt, if you want to stand in line. For lower scale refreshment, you can also find a nice little cafe for that well needed mid museum break.
The museum has a nice gift shop, with many books on the museum and the art; as well as prints of many of the paintings. I bought a great book/guide "A fuller understanding of the painting at Orsay." It comes in many languages and provides information enabling you to compare the works of the various artists.
From journal Paris in November
September 2, 2003
From journal A Weekend in Paris
Cary, North Carolina
June 6, 2003
From journal Paris – La Vie En Rose