View the paintings in chronological order to see the stylistic changes that took place during the Impressionist period.
You might only have a short time in Paris, have been to the Louvre and be wondering how whether a trip to another gallery is worthwhile - and it definitely is. No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Musée d’Orsay.
The Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art in the world. In terms of history, it picks up where the Louvre leaves off at around 1848 - the Impressionist movement is just kicking off, and you can stroll from room to room taking in Pissarro, Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Gauguin and many others. It documents the Impressionist revolution completely.
The original Gare d’Orsay’s short platforms became unsuitable for longer trains in around 1939, and the station declined in use until 1970 when French minister Jacques Duhamel saved it from demolition in favour of creating a gallery to celebrate the French artists who led the Impressionist movement.
Don’t miss any of the three floors of art, which include Cézanne’s Apples and Oranges, Monet’s Water Lilies, Renoir’s Bal du Moulin de la Galette, which celebrates the bohemian district around Montmartre, and Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe. Glance up at the magnificent old Orsay Station clock, and in the Orsay Square outside take a look at the six bronze allegorical sculptures from the Exposition Universelle.
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