Dedicating hours and hours to our favorite museums is not always an option, because sometimes we have little time. Therefore, having a selection of works is very helpful. The Musée d'Orsay is a mandatory stop for all lovers of impressionism, since it has the largest collection in the world belonging to this period.
The building was built as a railway station for the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900. This is the reason for his peculiar physiognomy: an iron structure with a large central nave. It was inaugurated as a museum in 1986 and on its three floors we can find the most important traces of the plastic arts between 1848 and 1914.
Works of the Orsay Museum:The Angelus, Jean F. Millet
Painted between 1857 and 1859, this simple canvas presents a country scene contains extraordinary beauty. Getting in front of this little painting and letting yourself be invaded by its serenity and the wonderful treatment of light is a unique experience.
This is una painting that came to obsess Dalí, which suffered the attack of a madman in 1932 and is today an icon in itself.
Lunch on the grass,Édouard Manet
Manet He is one of the artists with more representation in the Museum of Orsay. His most recognized works can be seen here, and this large picture is one of his essentials.
Submitted and rejected in 1863, was the subject of scandals and criticism by his contemporaries. The fact of showing a naked woman with well-known and dressed men was a great modernity for the moral scale of the moment. In short, an inimitable work and full of controversies.
Parquet stabbers,Gustave Caillebotte
Made in 1875, here is another work of a crude realism not without appeal. For example, the perspective plummeting and the workers as protagonists are some of the characteristics that must be highlighted. Another painting rejected at the time that today occupies its rightful place.
Dance at the Moulin de la Galette,Pierre-Auguste Renoir
It is one of the most shining stars in the Orsay Museum. This canvas so fundamental to Impressionism is painted by Renoir in 1876. We can discover a large group of people in movement, joy and celebration, as well as natural and artificial light at the same time.
Do not stop stopping in front of this great work to witness a peak in Renoir's career.
The bedroom in Arles,Van Gogh at the Orsay Museum
In the Musée d'Orsay there is an extensive catalog of Van Gogh canvases to choose from. But one of the jewels is this small and famous 1888 painting, of which there are a total of three almost identical copies. No one should leave the museum without first appreciating this teacher's brushstroke.
Having the privilege of entering the artist's bedroom and discovering its secrets is a fascinating moment. We contemplate a somewhat unstable perspective, straight lines of composition and an intelligent use of color.
The card players,Paul Cezanne
Considered the father of modern painting, Cézanne conceived this painting in a series of five canvases between 1890 and 1895, its maturity period.
Separated from the impressionists, it creates an independent style where the forms are the protagonists. Geometric shapes that are the germ of cubism, as we see in these card players. For that reason, Picasso will study tirelessly this and other works of which he considers his only teacher.
Sculpture in the Musée d'Orsay: The Gate of Hell, Auguste Rodin
Orsay's collection of sculptures is equally outstanding. However, one of the most admiring is the sculptural group of The Gate of Hell. Rodin did it in collaboration with Camille Claudel between 1880 and 1917.
A project commissioned for the future Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris that was never carried out and where the Museum of Orsay stands casually today.
Here is a work inspired directly by theDivine Comedy of Dante. In it we find some of the most famous figures of the sculptor:The Thinker orThe kiss. TOl To remain the door without destiny, becomes for Rodin a job where he can give free rein to his imagination, expressing himself freely in human forms.
It is impossible to list in a few lines the greatness that this museum contains: Monet, Degas, Daumier, Gauguin, Morisot, Toulouse-Lautrec, Redon, etc. In short, a place to get lost for hours, where anyone can find their favorite work. In addition, it opens every day of the week except Mondays. Come closer and discover yours.
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