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The Musee D'orsay has significant art works from 1848-1914 including works of Degas, Manet, Monet, Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Rodin. - *
62 Rue de Lille Paris 75007
(33-1) 40 49 48 14
Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-6 - Thurs 10-9.45 Sun 9-6 closed Mondays.
Note: The d'Orsay can be very crowded on Tuesday when the Louvre is closed.
d'Orsay (in English: The Orsay
Museum) is a museum in Paris,
France, on the left bank of the
Seine, housed in the former Orsay
railway station. It holds mainly
French art dating from 1848 to 1914,
including paintings, sculptures,
furniture, and photography, and is
probably best known for its
extensive collection of
impressionist masterpieces by
popular painters such as Monet and
Renoir. Many of these works were
held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu
de Paume previous to the museum's
opening in 1986.
The MUSEE d'ORSAY is opposite the Seine, facing the Tuilleries and close to the Louvre Museum. Originally a railway station designed by Victor Laloux, winner of the Grand Prix de Rome the plans to build it were accepted in 1898, and it took 2 years to build.
By the 1930's it had become outdated and unsuitable for the new trains, and then closed down. After closure the building was used for a wide variety of purposes, awaiting demolition. It was the setting for the Orson Wells movie The Trial, until 1980 the home of the Renaud-Barrault Theatre Company, and later the home of the Drouot-Rive Gauche auction house.
In 1973 the facades and decor of the station and hotel were protected by a presentation order, and then the idea of a museum dedicated to the previous century took shape. Restructured to house works of art dating from the second half of the 19th century, over 60 years of cultural and artistic creations in their historical context was planned in this railway station transformed into a museum. Architecture, sculpture, painting, graphic arts, photography, cinematography and the decorative arts, are all represented as well as music and literature .
In 1979 a team of architects was selected and in 1982 plans were submitted and work started a year later.
In December 1986 after years of research and work, the museum, railway station and hotel were unveiled, spread over 3 floors according to a chronological sequence.
The main floor has early 19th century art and the upper floors the then radical Impressionist art.
Le Moulin de la Galette -
1876 Pierre August RENOIR
On Sundays the working class of Paris would dress up and head for Montmartre to dance, drink and eat little cakes (galettes). There are 2 copies of this scene the other being smaller and in a private collection
Gustave Caillebotte bequest 1894
circa 1876 Edgar DEGAS
original is oil on canvas 92x68
Count Isaac de Camondo bequest 1911
Woman with Parasol
1886 Claude MONET
original is oil on canvas 131x88
The Blue Vase Paul CEZANNE
original is oil on canvas 61x50
Count Isaac de Camondo bequest 1911
Gleaners 1857 Jean Francois MILLETT
Millet grew up on a farm, didn't attend the Academy and hated the Paris art scene. He painted simple rural scenes depicting the life of the working poor. Here he shows poor women picking up the leavings after a field has been harvested.
1873 Claude MONET
original is oil on canvas 50x65
Gift of Etienne Moreau-Nelaton 1906
Breton Peasant Women
1894 Paul GAUGUIN
original is oil on canvas 66x92
Gift of Max and Rosy Kaganovitch 1973
Church at Auvers - Sur-Oise
1890 Vincent VAN GOGH
original is oil on canvas 94x74
Purchased with the help of Paul Gachet and an anonymous Canadian donation 1951*
Yellow Haystacks-the Harvest
1889 Paul GAUGUIN
original is oil on canvas 73x92
Gift of Mme Huc de Monfreid 1951