Musée d’Orsay

I finally went to Musée d’Orsay.  And I dare say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  While I still favor Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir over Monet, I grew to find a little glimmer of appreciation in my heart for him here—as if I was finally able to see the clarity and cohesion through all that messiness!  Now, please don’t go get me a Monet day planner for Christmas.  I’m not there yet. !!  But here are a few of my favorite Monet paintings…

The museum alone is a stunning, beautiful space.  I wish I had a more sophisticated architectural vocabulary to describe the effect it produces.  The works are housed in what was once an old train station that made it more clear to me where the inspiration for Grand Central came from.  It also made me so glad Jackie O. fought to have Grand Central preserved.  It would have been a shame to destroy it and lose that example of architecture.  There were no photographs allowed in the museum, but I was able to dig up a few on-line to illustrate the elegance of the space and to give you a little taste of some of the works you find inside.

photo by Clio20 on Flickr
photo by Mirari Erdoiza
photo by Clio20 on Flickr

Now, in my next life when all my clothes are designer and I have a degree in Art History, I will be able to tell you more about what I saw at d’Orsay, but I was on the truncated mommy tour, so I really just had a brush with the (beautiful) basics while I pulled the baby out from behind velvet ropes before he put his sticky little banana hands on a van Gogh.

My favorite Degas paintings…

My favorite Renoir…she’s a stunner!

But the painting that really took my breath away and had me thinking about it long after I left the museum was by Paul Baudry: La Fortune et le jeune enfant vers 1857.

I know—!!  It’s SOOOO obvious!  But who doesn’t want Fortune to smile on their jeune enfant?

If you have an evening to yourself and want to have a quiet night, I highly recommend going on the website for Musée d’Orsay.  Just click the link.  It’s a very romantic, leisurely way to look and learn about what’s in the museum room by room…Enjoy…

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