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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. 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.

starry night over the Rhone

Olympia 1863

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.

edouard manet olympiaThe 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.

claude monet houses of parliament fogPierre-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.

renoir le moulin de la galette 1876600 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.

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Incorporating Oil Painting Reproductions into your Modern Living Space

Incorporating traditional paintings into a modern and contemporary living space can be a challenge, particularly when we have been conditioned to believe that a modern home should have contemporary art on its walls.

But is this really the case with modern living?

It’s always challenging to find an interesting and unique way of incorporating traditional painting styles into our homes; it is not always necessary for a contemporary home to feature modern oil paintings.

Large and oversized Oil Painting Reproductions

Oil painting reproductions can be created in very large size options and oversized oil paintings can make a great focal point in any modern home interior design.   We recently had a customer who wanted to achieve a statement piece with a traditional oil painting on canvas, and rather than choosing large modern wall art, she opted for a one of our famous angel paintings.

With a size of 59 x 92” and at nearly 6’ tall and 7’6” wide, Raphael’s Putti (Cherubs) a detail from the Sistine Madonna Chapel succeeded in achieving her goal.

Raphael’s Putti Cherubs

Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is a monumental oversized painting being 68 x 110 inches (172 x 278cm) and many of Monet’s Water Lily paintings in original size are extremely large landscape orientation oil paintings, which render them perfect for behind sofas or over king-sized beds.

Claude Monet

Claude Monet’s Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond Center Panel is the perfect sample of a traditional oil painting, which with its gentle purple and blue hues makes for relaxing wall art.

Multi-Panels paintings

Multi panel paintings present a fabulous opportunity to create a theme by selecting  art from some famous oil painting artists.   Below we have selected two 19th century paintings; the first is a An Auburn Beauty 1895, by John William Godward the second painting is Portrait of a Girl by Frederick Leighton.

Both portrait art reproductions have been framed in contemporary style walnut decorative frames and although these portraits are by different artists, both are on a black background and feature titian haired women; they work so well together!

art reproduction in walnut frame

Choosing a theme, by perhaps selecting paintings from your favorite artist, your décor achieves cohesion and demonstrates the thought and care which has gone into your choice of interior design wall art.

Seascape Oil Reproduction Paintings

A series of seascape oil paintings, by famous american seascape painters such as Fitz Hugh Lane  and Childe Hassam are great choices for inspirational office art.

Finally, we recommend going for a vibrant splash of color and for  this suggestion we are reverting to English artist Frederick Leighton and his eternally famous painting Flaming June  which depicts a woman in repose with a bright orange flowing and diaphanous dress. The original size of this painting is 47” x 47” (120 x 120cm) but it upscales very easily and can be purchased in many large size options from our online art catalog.

Selecting interior design wall art can be difficult but our team of art specialists are available to assist you with your choice of oil paintings reproductions.  We are available by email or via our Live Help Chat service.

ART TRENDS September 2018
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ART TRENDS September 2018

ART TRENDS September 2018

Magenta Inspired by Mark Rothko



Online art sales currently stand at some $5.7 billion, and are predicted to rise to $9.6 billion by 2020. By any measure, this is a hugely significant number and shows the power of the internet to attract and generate sales, as well as the increasing sophistication of buyers of art.



As we mention in another blog HERE, until recently, when people came to furnish their homes or workplaces they concentrated only on the furniture, lighting and other interior design accessories, and the art on the walls was very much an afterthought.

This is clearly changing with a better understanding of what art is available for purchase, both original and reproduction, and that art can be purchased easily and affordably online. Having to go to a shop or art gallery, in a more pressured sales environment, is not necessary in today’s connected world. Some online reproduction art companies offer a design service so that you can create your own style and choose your own colors, so you can own an original remix of a famous painting.  Our own Special Commission Services offers this opportunity.

Color field paintings in the style of Mark Rothko, and color splash canvases, following the style of Jackson Pollock are easily refreshed with a modern, original twist, and the great thing about color field and color splash is that you can make your own choices as to the colors used.

A modern take on a Rothko style color field oil painting would be orange and violet as shown above – a real statement! Although available in many sizes, this painting, with its landscape format is perfect to placing over a couch or console table.

For example, a drip and pour painting using ultra violet, pink, aqua and mint gives a wonderfully modern take on the original paintings Pollock painted back in the 1950’s and 60’s.



Magenta Inspired by Jackson Pollock



In late 2017 and early 2018 there were many predictions, posted in online publications and blogs, about future trends in the home décor and art markets that would be seen in 2018. I thought it would be interesting, now that we are in September 2018, to review those trend predictions. Colors most predicted to be popular were purples and mauves, mints and aqua, and pink, all of which have proved to be correct. Famous New Jersey color chart experts Pantone say that their research shows that the color of the year in 2018 is Pantone chart number 18-3838, that’s Ultra Violet to you and me!


PANTONE 18-3838 TCX Ultra Violet

PANTONE 18-3838 TCX Ultra Violet



For wall art, the prediction was for landscapes and portraits, which have always been popular through the centuries, so whilst correct, that was an easy win. Botanical and floral prints and paintings were forecast to be popular in 2018 as well, and have become so, especially when hung low, close to the backs of furniture and mixed with chintz fabrics. This matches the current trend for big, wide, eye catching art; in fact, the bigger the better. Large and framed or with a gallery wrap, entire wall spaces can be transformed with one single huge canvas. These can be botanical, bringing the outdoors inside your home, or for a very modern look, go abstract geometric in bold colors. Wassily Kandinsky paintings lend themselves very well to this approach.



Wassily Kandinsky Paintings



Those in the know see that Face Art paintings are going to become the new trend for the rest of 2018 and for next year as well. This prediction is not just for contemporary works, but also for an upsurge of interest in the works of Matisse with his Blue Nude series of paintings and Paul Klee’s Senecio with its use of vibrant colors, as seen below.


Paul Klee's Senecio

Senecio 1922 By Paul Klee