Last revised: May 26, 2013                                                                                         

  Our 2nd day  continues as we spent time in the famous Art  Museums. While
 the Louvre` is the world's largest museum with more than 350,000 priceless objects
 filling three wings in an immense U-shaped palace, my personal favorite was the
Musée d'Orsay which has one of the world's best
Impressionist collections

.        Musee d'Orsay        
("mew-zay dor-say")

The Musée d'Orsay

This building, built as a railroad station in 1900, in time for the Paris Exposition, was in use until 1939, when it was closed. In 1962, it was the location for Orson Welles` film "The Trial". It was used as a theatre and auction rooms until the mid-1970s when it was considered for demolition. In 1977, Paris authorities decided to convert it into this strikingly beautiful museum, opening in 1986.

 This beautiful clock was at the opposite end of the previous photo.

Musée d'Orsay as well as the Louvre permitted photography as long as you didn't use flash which could
  damage the works of art. Some exhibitions were restricted to photography. e.g. the Mona LIsa at the Louvre.
Musée d'Orsay has one of the best impressionist collections in the world, and we particularly enjoyed paintings
by Manet, Monet and Renoir. One of my most favorite Impressionists is Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and it was a
special treat for me to view his original posters and paintings.


Top 10 Impressionists
1. Claude Monet (1840-1926)
2. Edouard Manet (1832-1883)
3. Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
4. Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
5. Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)
6. Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)
7. James Whistler (1834-1903)
8. Walter Sickert (1860-1942)
9. Mary Cassatt (1845-1926)
10. Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)
 - Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

"Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette" (1876) - Renoir

A French Art Teacher describing one of Renoir's most famous paintings!

Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec Montfa- (1864-1901)
He was born in Albi in southwest France into an ancient, distinguished and wealthy family. Several generations of inbreeding 
culminated in the marriage of his father and mother who were first cousins, resulting in Lautrec's degenerative bone condition.
His legs were not growing properly and he became a small, disproportioned man. Read about his many achievements.

Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), was an aristocrat, an alcoholic bohemian, and a great artist.
He is world-famous for his scenes of Parisian life at the end of the 19th Century. The pleasures
and vices of Parisian night-life, its celebrated performers and forgotten street girls, live forever
in Lautrec's work. As well as being a painter, he was a great popular artist, pioneering the bold
and blatant new medium of the poster. A prodigious worker, he simultaneously pursued a self-
destructive lifestyle that killed him at the age of thirty-six.

Dancing at the Moulin Rouge:
La Goulue and Valentin le Désossé

This painting (one of two panels) depicts the palmy days when La Goulue was
the queen of the quadrille (a version of the can-can.)

Portrait of Paul Leclercq (1897)

This neatly dressed young man in the wicker chair is a young writer, a charming poet and a
regular contributor to the Revue Blanche. He was twenty when he became a friend of Lautrec.

JANE AVRIL DANCING - (1892, paint on cardboard)
Lautrec painted the delicate improvised dancing of Jane Avril. He was fascinated by her
specialty as a dancer, which involved locking her arms around one thigh and flourishing
her long, thin legs, evidently to considerable artistic or erotic effect.

     Exhibits in the Musee d'Orsay Collections     
 Paintings and Sculptures (1848-1914):

A story in every painting.

We enjoyed the paintings even more when we used the Museum's Audioguide.

Every painting  was a picture of World History!

Our Art Museum tour continues at The Louvre ------------->


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