Known worldwide for its rich collection of impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay is also the museum of all the artistic creation of the Western world from 1848 to 1914. Its collections represent all forms of expression, from painting to Architecture, sculpture, decorative arts, photography.
The extent of these collections is absolutely gargantuan, they begin where the Louvre stop (around 1848) and stop where the Center Pompidou begin (that is to say about 1914). In other words, barely sixty years of art history - from realism to the Pont-Aven school and from impressionism to pointillism - occupy nearly 35,000 m2.
Among the jewels of this imposing crown of glass and metal: 'The Origin of the World' by Courbet and 'A funeral at Ornans' jostle, not far from the 'Gleaners' of Millet and landscapes of Corot. Manet also made the bridge between realistic and impressionist with 'Lunch on the grass' and 'Olympia'. Then the vapors of 'La Gare Saint-Lazare' of Monet, the first Impressionist painting, followed by the mists of 'London, the Parliament'. After 'The Absinthe' of Degas, after the 'Bal du moulin de la Galette' by Renoir, after Caillebotte's 'Floor Planners', come the flat colors and the diversions of perspective of Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin ...
Then the art switches to the dotted line of Seurat, before sketching the first outlines of the twentieth century in fauve colors, under the brush of Matisse. With, in passing, a stop in the heart of this jungle bewitched by the naiveté of 'The Charmeuse of snakes' by the Douanier Rousseau.
At the end of 2011, the museum reopened with completely renovated spaces and new rooms: an additional 400 m² for the upstream pavilion, postimpressionist artists in the heart of the museum, restructuring of the impressionist gallery, a new space for temporary exhibition without forgetting the new "aquatic" decoration of the Musée d'Orsay coffee shop
You will also be dazzled by the beauty of the place: a railway station in the style of a palace inaugurated for the universal exhibition of 1900.