Friday, 18 September 2015

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

After queuing in the rain for quite some time we expected great things of the Musée d'Orsay and we were not disappointed.

The former Gare d'Orsay, (read more here) has been transformed into an elegant museum housing some of the finest collections of sculpture, art and furniture.

The following photos give a glimpse of the elegance of the building and the quality of design which has transformed it into one of the most popular museums in Paris.

The art collections are housed to the left and right of this central gallery..

I was keen to see the collection of Art Nouveau, which contained, among other things, some beautiful pieces of glassware and furniture..

The following gives a sense of scale..

The whole had been beautifully and elegantly designed....

Even the cafeteria had chairs which could only be described as art installations in their own right!
If you visit one museum in Paris, from our experience, make it the Musée d'Orsay!


Susan said...

Err...isn't photography banned in the Orsay? It was earlier in the year when we were there, not that it stopped many people from snapping away.

For some reason the Orsay is one of those museums that gives me instantaneous Grumpy Old Git Syndrome. I find many of the exhibits disappointing, I don't like the layout and it's the sort of museum many people go to because they think they have to tick it off the list. Having said that there are a few pieces I love (the painting of the men varnishing a floor springs to mind, and some of the sculpture). The cafe with the clock is good too.

Colin and Elizabeth said...

It's only Flash that is banned. I agree it is a tick it off the list place and had it been fine we would probably not have gone ourselves. But it was worth a visit and the carvings are very impressive. Not over keen on some of the artwork myself Col

Susan said...

Ah, I see from their website they lifted the total ban on photography about 6 weeks after we visited.