In Paris, you can find extraordinary art on practically every corner, and many of the museums are among the most famous in the world.
One of the city’s most beautiful museums is Musée d’Orsay. It attracts over 2 million visitors each year, and for the art lover, this museum is a must.
The collection of artwork, which spans mainly the years 1848-1914, is impressive, yet unlike the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay isn’t overwhelming. The museum’s collection includes works from various movements, including Neo-Classicism, Realism and Symbolism, but it’s known for its vast collection of Impressionist art. On display are objets d’art, paintings and sculptures, and in addition to works by Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Emile Pissarro, Rodin, and Van Gogh, to name just a few, the museum holds 195 works of, or related to, Edgar Degas.
Some of the museum’s Impressionist paintings include:
La classe de danse (The Dance Class) – Edgar Degas, ca. 1874
L’Absinthe – Edgar Degas, ca. 1876
Femmes au jardin (Women in the Garden) – Claude Monet, ca. 1866
Châtaigniers à Louveciennes (Chestnut Trees at Louveciennes) – Camille Pissarro, 1879
Le Moulin De La Galette – Auguste Renoir, 1876
Portrait de l’artiste (Portrait of the Artist) – Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
La nuit étoilée (Starry Night Over the Rhône) – Vincent Van Gogh
Les Raboteurs de parquet (The Floor Scrapers) – Gustave Caillebotte, 1875
Note: D’Orsay’s main Impressionist collection is kept on the upper level, so if you’re here primarily to see the Impressionists, you may want to skip the rooms on the lower levels and head straight to the top floor.