Orsay Museum


Duration: 3 hours


The Orsay Museum is a world-class museum containing the extensive collection of Impressionism and Post-impressionism works. It is located in the heart of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine. It was designed as the railway station by Victor Laloux and was inaugurated for the World’s Fair on July 14th, 1900. In 1973 the French president Georges Pompidou decided to classify the Orsay Museum as a historical monument and use as a museum for XIX and XX century art.

The art collection of the Orsay Museum mediates between the Louvre classical collection and the modern collection of the Pompidou Centre. The museum contains 2300 paintings, 1500 sculptures and 1000 other objects of the great masters such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Gustave Courbet, Camille Pissarro and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.

Finally, you will have the opportunity to walk through the beautiful former Royal Tuileries Garden created by a French landscape architect Andre Le Notre, the author of the Park of Versailles.


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Barbizon school

The Barbizon school was an art movement
aroused in the middle of the XIX century
in Barbizon village in Northern France,
where most of the school’s painters resided.
The group of creative people,
such as Jean-Baptist Corot, Jean-Francois Millet and Jules Dupre,
led by Theodore Rousseau rejected the classical landscape style
and gave attention to the realistic portrayal of rural nature.

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Ball at the Moulin de la Galette

“The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette” was painted in 1876
and it is one of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s
most famous paintings,
capturing the spirit of the age.
In “The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette” he expressed
the sensuous pleasure of drinking, dancing and flirtation
in the open air with sunlight filtering
through the trees on a warm summer day.

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Edgar Degas

French painter, sculptor and printmaker,
who was prominent in the Impressionist group
and is famous for his images of Parisian life.
The Orsay Museum represents the following works
by Edgar Degas: “Portrait of the Bellelli Family”,
“Little Dancer of Fourteen Years”,
“Horses Before the Stands”, “The Star”, etc.

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Rouen Cathedral series

When Monet painted the Rouen Cathedral series,
he was impressed by the way light imparts on a subject,
a distinctly different character at different times of the day
and the year, and as atmospheric conditions change.
For Monet, the effects of light on a subject
became more important than the subject itself.
The master painted more than thirty canvases
of the facade of Rouen Cathedral
and five of them are kept in the Orsay Museum.


Sculpture of Honore de Balzac

The sculpture of Honore de Balzac created in the XIX century
is the last major work of the prominent
and famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
The Parisian society of writers entrusted Rodin
to create the memorial in 1891
and it took him several years
to develop the concept for his sculpture.





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