Saturday, August 14, 2010

Musee d'Orsay (Orsay Museum) Paris

Musee d'Orsay (Orsay Museum) Paris

Visiting Museums
Housed in the former Orsay station, the Orsay Museum is the impressionist museum of Paris. Built in 1900, the beautiful "Gare d'Orsay" was one of Paris main stations with trains to Bordeaux. Located across the Louvre Museum on the Seine river left bank, it has been spectacularly renovated from 1977 to 1986 to host the Orsay Museum collections. Locate Orsay Museum on Paris map.The Orsay Museum, a must for art lovers, is known worldwide for its fabulous impressionist paintings. The "Impressionism" was a French painting school in the second half of the 19th century.The impressionists included Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Edgar Manet and Theo Van Gogh. They painted ordinary life and people in the open air. They totally rejected the tradition of historical and mythological subjects and used light colors.Above all, they are famous for having departed from the tradition of reproducing the real world.They instead used color spots and strokes to suggest their impression of the real world. This impression is only perceivable at a distance from their paintings.The Impressionist paintings are now widely acclaimed as some of the bests in art history.

The Musee d'Orsay, the Orsay Museum, is one of the most pleasureable museums in Paris. Its early life as a train station, the Gare d'Orsay, gives it a structure which invites people to enter and enjoy a journey through a most remarkable period of art history.Entering through the main hall, one is struck by the openness of the museum, the play of light and the wonderful display of sculptures.The wide aisles, the mezzanine and the absence of architectural obstructions affords excellent views of the main hall of the museum.The atmosphere is relaxed and leisurely. There is much to see here, but, it's not the Louvre. One can wander through this entire museum with one visit.The Musee d'Orsay has a beautiful restaurant and two caf├ęs, one with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Seine river and the Tuileries Garden.

Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30am to 6pm (9.45 on Thursdays)

1, Rue de Bellechasse 75007 Paris

33 (0)1 40 49 48 14

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