Musee d’Orsay, Paris

by Brian Lee
Musee d'Orsay

A masterpiece of industrial architecture on the left bank of the Seine, this grand railway station was constructed for the 1900 World Fair.  In 1977 the French Government decided to convert the station into a museum that opened in December, 1986.  The museum presents mostly French art from 1848 to 1914 in a particularly intimate manner.

It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world with nearly 1,100 paintings.  Highlights include van Gough’s Starry Night Over the Rhone

and Renoir’s Dance at Le moulin de la Galette.

The interior space is dominated by the ornate clock at one end of the space.


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