Sunday, February 15, 2009

Paris, Musee d'Orsay

The Musee d'Orsay is an amazing space... the building is a renovated train station. This view is from one of the hallways in the wall with the clock, looking out to the main gallery spaces. Can you see the back of the polar bear on the lower right???

Here's a view of the off-season "crowd" in the Van Gogh room..... you are one of 6 people surrounded by a dozen masterpieces.... (not the 600 people that are in the same room in the summer)

My all time favorite collection of art in Paris is the Impressionist rooms at the Musee d'Orsay. The museum has a terrific website, also available in English.

Obviously, I'm partial to the Van Goghs. No reproduction I've ever seen does them justice. The intensity of the colors and everything about them can't be replicated.

As with the other sites I've visited, there are always students and artists sketching or painting. It's quite inspiring....Here are some students sketching in front of a case full of Degas sculptures...
You can take pictures of almost anything in the museum as long as you don't use a flash.

1 comment:

Eric Sweetman said...

What I like best about your Musee d'Orsay photos is that I have the exact same images from the same vantage point. The polar bear really is outstanding.