Favorite Museums: Musee d’Orsay

June 1, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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On the left bank of the Seine river in Paris stands a majestic building, a train station built between 1898 and 1900, then it was known as Gare d’Orsay but today it’s the Musée d’Orsay and one of my very favorite art museums. Today this building that once housed trains and the people getting off and on them houses mostly French art, paintings, sculptures, furniture and photographs, created from 1848 to 1914. The Musée d’Orsay is home to the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world with works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, and Cezanne, to name a few. The Gare d’Orsay train station had become outdated by 1939 and had been used as a mail center during World War II and a movie set after the war, in 1970 the station was slated to be torn down to make way for a new hotel but that was stopped by the French Minister of Cultural Affairs. December 1986 saw the building re-opened as the Musée d’Orsay after five years of construction. Today the Musee is one of the most visited art venues in the world and for those of you who love movies, the Gare d’Orsay was the train station setting in the 2011 movie Hugo by Martin Scorsese. If you are ever in Paris you cannot let a visit to the Musée d’Orsay slip by you, until then here are some pics to pique your interest. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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At one time trains used to run down this hall that now houses some of the world’s greatest works of art, the main hall at Musée d’Orsay. (via)

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Sculptures abound throughout the museum. (via)

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If you look at the front of the building you will see two large clock faces, you can walk behind those clocks and look out through their glass. Here in the distance, you can see Sacre Coeur. (via)

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The museum is so huge and the ceilings so high that it can house massive works of art. (via)

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One of MANY French paintings in the museum, Renoir’s Dance At Le Moulin de la Galette. (via)

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Rodin’s Gates of Hell is also in the Musee. (via)

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I’ve always loved this painting, it’s Manet’s The Piper. (via)

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