Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday 25 January - Le Petit Palais

Le Petit Palace is across the street from Le Grand Palais. It is small only in relation to Le Grand Palais.  Le Petit Palais was built for the 1900 International Exhibition and has subsequently been used to display the collection of the City of Paris - paintings, sculptures, furniture, porcelain etc. It is truly magnificent - especially as it does not charge admission to view the permanent collection. The building has been renovated in recent years with beautiful new wood floors and the displays are such that one does not feel overwhelmed.
The entrance is impressive in itself

The main rotunda is enormous

The large spaces do not feel cluttered

Unloading a truckload of flour

Les Halles - This painting  is 20-25 feet long

The collection includes a large number of impressionist painters and others including Corbeil, Renoir, Sisley, Pisarro, Degas and Cezanne.
This is the decoration on top of a spire or dome - a finial

There are two beautiful circular staircases

The mosaic tiles have been very well restored.
In addition there is a beautiful garden and a restaurant. A very worthwhile visit.
These children were coming to visit as we were leaving.

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