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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.

The Official Site of the MUSEE d'ORSAY

 
 

The Musée 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.
from YOUTUBE

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By the 1930's it had become outdated and unsuitable for the new trains, and then closed down.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.


ART MASTERPIECES in the Musee d'Orsay include:
Frederic BAZILLE: The Artist's Studio on the rue de la Condamine
Eugene BOUDIN: The Beach at Trouville
Mary CASSATT: Woman Sewing
Eugene DELACROIX: The Tiger Hunt
Paul GAUGUIN: La Belle Angele
Paul GAUGUIN: Breton Peasant Women
Edouard M MANET: Dejeuner sur l'herbe
Claude MONET: Blue Waterlilies
Jean Francois MILLETT: The Gleaners
Berthe MORISOT: The Cradle
MANET: Olympia
Edouard M MANET Café Royal in London
Camille PISARRO: Landscape at Chaponval
Pierre August RENOIR: Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette
Paul SIGNAC;: The Papal Palace, Avignon
Alfred SISLEY: Snow at Louveciennes

 
   

 

   
     
 

 

 

 

 
 

Dance in the Country - 1883
Pierre August RENOIR
original is oil on canvas 180x90
Purchased in 1979

Dance in the Country - 1883
Pierre August RENOIR
original is oil on canvas 180x90
Purchased in 1979

Dance in the Country - 1883
Pierre August RENOIR
original is oil on canvas 180x90
Purchased in 1979

 
         
 

The Magpie
c1869
Claude MONET
original is oil on canvas 89x130
Purchased in 1984

 

The Bridge at Argenteuil
1874
Claude MONET
original is oil on canvas 60x80
Antonin Personnaz bequest 1937

 
         
 

Still Life with Apples and Oranges
c. 1899
original is oil on canvas
PAUL CEZZANE

Starry Night Over.the Rhone
Vincent VAN GOGH

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

 
 

 

 

   
 

Absinthe
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.

Wild Poppies
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

 
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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

Two Girls At The Piano1892
Pierre August RENOIR
original is oil on canvas 116x90
Purchased in 1892

 
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The Dance Foyer at the opera
Edgar DEGAS

 

Star
Edgar DEGAS

 
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