Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday 10 January - Musee d'Orsay

The Musee d'Orsay is a magnificent building which was originally a station for the Orleans Railway. The lines were sunk underground and extended to Austerlitz and the building was left unused for many years before being converted into an art gallery, an extension of the Louvre.  It is celebrating its 30th anniversary at the moment.  The special exhibit was Le Spectaculaire Second Empire 1852-1870 which examined some of the excesses of the period along with many of the advances such as Offenbach and operas.  We came early but the musee was busy even then and more and more people were coming in. I particularly wanted to see the Impressionists which have been moved to a very large space since I was there before.  Many of the paintings were very familiar but it was good to see them - Van Gogh, Sisley, Monet, Manet, Gaugin, Cezanne Degas, Renoir,Whistler.

Monet - Gare Saint-Lazare

Monet - Pont de l'Europe at the Gare Saint-Lazare

Monet - Pont de l'Europe

Musee d'Orsay

The magnificent clock
We tried to get in to dim sum at Les Galeries Lafayette but the place was well filled so we walked back to the apartment.  We found a Marks and Spencer Food Hall near the Boulevarde Hausseman and scored a Battemberg Cake, a pork and egg pie and some stilton cheese

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