Discover the Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France
The Musee d’Orsay is one of the most famous Paris art museums, and contains the world’s largest collection of Impressionist oil paintings. The magnificent building housing the Musee d’Orsay was formerly a train station; the Gare d’Orsay, which is situated on the left bank of the river Seine and was built in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition which had over 50 million visitors. It was closed for a number of years but re-opened in 1986 after a period of re-modeling.
Gaetana Aulenti – Architect
The interior was designed by Italian Architect Gaetana Aulenti. It was through President Giscard d’Estang’s support that the Musee d’Orsay is today one of the largest museums in Europe which had in excess of 3.6 million visitors during 2019.
Discoverwalks.com gives you FIVE great reasons to visit the museum which holds over 2000 paintings, 1500 sculptures and many other works of art. The Musee d’Orsay offers wonderful views of Paris; the view from the rear of the Great Clock overlooks the Seine whilst the from the Terrace over the Face des Hautuers provides views of the historical monuments on the right bank including the Louvre Museum and the bridges of the Seine.
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings
The Musee d’Orsay houses over 480 of the world’s most famous impressionist paintings and around 1100 post-impressionist paintings, by some of the world’s greatest artists.
There are 24 famous Vincent van Gogh paintings. Van Gogh Starry Night over the Rhone is an oil painting on canvas completed in 1888 of Arles at night. The location of the scene is just a short walk away from Van Gogh’s rented house, The Yellow House on the Place Lamartine.
The collection includes 34 Edouard Manet oil paintings which includes Olympia. The subject matter of Olympia 1863 caused great controversy when it was exhibited at the Paris Salon and was condemned as outrageous and offensive with his depiction of a nude being presented with flowers by a servant. The painting was temporarily re-titled Laure by the Musee d’Orsay for its Exhibition Black models: from Géricault to Matisse in 2019.
The Musee d’Orsay holds the largest collection of Claude Monet famous paintings. One of our favourite Claude Monet impressionist paintings is Houses of Parliament, 1904.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette is one of his most important impressionist paintings and is at the center of the Musee d’Orsay collection of French impressionist art.
600 Artworks donated to Musee d’Orsay
In 2016, the Musee d’Orsay received the largest art collection donation in the history of the museum. American art collectors Marlene and Spencer Hays donated their collection of more than 600 artworks.
Masterpieces by Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Amedeo Modigliani and Henri Matisse were included in the gift.
Orsay Wide Open
More recently it has been reported that an anonymous donation of over $22 million will lead the way for further expansion; this will include an international research center. The project will be known as “Orsay Wide Open” and aims to provide visitors to the Musee d’Orsay and its sister, Musee de l‘Orangerie, with a complete experience. It is estimated that the project will be completed in two phases with a final completion date of 2026.
Every year the Musee d’Orsay welcomes millions of visitors from around the world who flock to see some of greatest impressionist and post-impressionist paintings from Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, just to mention a few.
From 24th March to 19th July 1920 the Museum is featuring the paintings of Jacques Joseph Tissot, this exhibition previously having previously been hosted by the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
Musee d’Orsay Opening Times and Tickets
Musee d’Orsay is open daily from 9:30am until 18.00 with a late closing on Thursday when it remains open until 21:45. Adult Ticket prices are €14.