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- Paris, backdrop to Impressionism
- The Musée d’Orsay and other museums: roots to inspiration
- From Renoir to Van Gogh, between Chatou and Auvers-sur-Oise
- In the heart of the landscape, Barbizon, Moret-sur-Loing and Fontainebleau
The Musée d’Orsay
Scene of one of the most famous artistic movements in the world, Paris has preserved over time this special relationship with Impressionism. Once inspiring these artists, the French capital has become the conservatory of their greatest paintings, the Musée d'Orsay housing the most number of works...
and other museums:
roots to inspiration
If Paris is a treasure trove of the most beautiful of Impressionist paintings then the Musée d'Orsay is its most glittering jewel. Housed in an old train station located by the Seine, this superb national museum opened in 1986. Collecting outstanding work of sculpture, photography and architecture, it is renowned for the quality of the paintings on display. The Musée d'Orsay has indeed the largest collection of Impressionist paintings in the world and brings together the most significant paintings of the movement. On the fifth floor, the Impressionist gallery was renovated in 2011. Bathed in natural light, it showcases masterpieces on its elegant dark grey walls: The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia by Edouard Manet but also the famous bronze The Little dancer aged fourteen years by Degas and five works in the Rouen Cathedral series by Monet.
The Musée d’Orsay hosts Impressionist treasures but it is not the only museum in Paris to do so. Montmartre, where Pissarro, Toulouse Lautrec and Van Gogh lived at the time, also hosts their works in the Musée de Montmartre. This large 18th century building was the former studio of Renoir; it is surrounded by lush gardens in which the artist painted his famous work, The Swing. In the 16th district, Monet is honoured at the Musée Marmottan Monet, particularly through his masterpiece Impression, sunrise. Twenty-two panels of his Water lilies are also on show in two rooms at the Musée de l’Orangerie. This museum also gives you the opportunity to taste Italian Impressionism with its exhibition of Macchiaioli’s work until summer. Boulevard Haussmann, the Musée Jacquemart-André pays tribute to the founder of Impressionism and Monet’s role model, Eugène Boudin.
Always keen on showing the beauty of Impressionism, the Petit Palais hosts until mid-July the Slovenian Impressionism exhibition with works of great masters of Eastern Europe such as Jakopic, Jama, Grohar and Sternen. Finally, lovers of Art nouveau and Art deco can immerse themselves in the legendary setting of Maxim's restaurant, which celebrates the early 1900s through songs telling the story of this place so dear to the Impressionists.
The new Paris Ile-de-France suggests you some routes to visit Paris according to your desires: culture, architecture, fashion, shopping, jazz, contemporary art, nightlife … or according to the places you want to see: Belleville, Ménilmontant, Montmartre, The Marais, The Latin Quarter, Rive gauche, Concorde, La Défense, Versailles, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Notre Dame… Organize your week-end or family trip with your children in Paris, France.