Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Musée d'Orsay and Musée L'Orangerie

The Musée d'Orsay is the Parisian museum that houses all the French owned artwork painted from 1848-1915, which includes impressionist and post-impressionist works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. The building itself used to be a train station, so it is very open in the middle with a tall ceiling. Most of the artwork is in smaller rooms on each side of the center. The most disappointing thing about this museum is that there is no photography allowed in the museum. This is the only picture we have of the inside of this museum, a quick picture I slyly took on my phone looking out of the clock on the top floor with a view of Montmartre. 

So there are very few actual pictures in this post, but I still want to remember some of the paintings we saw.

Bal du Moulin de la Galette, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1876

Le Parlement, Claude Monet, 1904
Robert's favorite

Whistler's MotherJames Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1871
An American painting in France.

Tahitian Women on the Beach, Paul Gauguin, 1891

Starry Night Over the Rhone, Vincent van Gogh, 1888
Melarie's favorite

The Musée L'Orangerie is a small museum that is in a building that used to be a greenhouse. The pride and joy and main attraction of this museum is Monet's waterlilies. I vaguely remember one of my French teachers telling us about these paintings, they are very large and long. Not as big as the huge paintings in the Louvre, but there are not a lot of very large paintings that were painted this recently. There was also no picture taking in this museum, boo. So here is an online picture of one of the waterlilies pictures.


And here's Julia with a couple of our prints we got at the museum gift shops (Monet's waterlilies and Degas' ballerinas) the only way to remember what we saw here.


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