Friday, June 20, 2014

Paris A-Z: O is for Musee d'Orsay

Paris A to Z: O is for Musee d'Orsay

The Sassy Guide to the City of Light

As an American living in Paris for nearly 9 years, I have plenty of words of wisdom to share about this glorious, yet sometimes frustrating, city. Each weekday this month I will share my thoughts on some of the best stuff to do in Paris. Today's letter, O, is for Musée d'Orsay.

The train-station-turned-museum of Musée d'Orsay is a must-see. Not only is the building impressive, but it houses some of my favorite artwork. It includes masterpieces created from 1848 to 1915, in the impressionist and post-impressionist era.

Van Gogh is by far my favorite artist, and this museum houses a fair amount of his work (Though, if you're as big a fan as me, you must go to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Several times). You can also see great works by Monet, Degas, Seurat, Manet, Gauguin, Renoir, and Cézanne.

Side note: The photo for this post was taken in Auvers-sur-Oise, a town where Van Gogh painted many of his famous paintings, like Wheatfield with Crows (on display at the Van Gogh Museum) and The Church at Auvers (on display at Musée d'Orsay). As you walk through the town, you'll spot signs with his paintings and a description, right at the location the painting depicts. Super cool. In fact, I probably need to do a separate blog post on it...

Check out the full series:
Paris A to Z: A is for Pont Alexandre III
Paris A to Z: B is for Boulangerie
Paris A to Z: C is for Chateau de Vincennes
Paris A to Z: D is for Drinks
Paris A to Z: E is for Eiffel Tower
Paris A to Z: F is for Fondue
Paris A to Z: G is for La Grande Epicerie
Paris A to Z: H is for Haussmann Architecture
Paris A to Z: I is for Ile St. Louis
Paris A to Z: J is for Jim Morrison's Grave
Paris A to Z: K is for Kir Royale
Paris A to Z: L is for The Long Hop
Paris A to Z: M is for Métro
Paris A to Z: N is for Notre Dame
Paris A to Z: O is for Musée d'Orsay
Paris A to Z: P is for Promenade Plantée
Paris A to Z: Q is for Quaint Shops
Paris A to Z: R is for Romance
Paris A to Z: S is for Sacre Coeur
Paris A to Z: T is for Trousseau
Paris A to Z: U is for Un Reve
Paris A to Z: V is for Vin
Paris A to Z: W is for Walking
Paris A to Z: X is for Expats
Paris A to Z: Y is for Court Yards
Paris A to Z: Z is for Zen in the City

Escape to Paris

Vicki Lesage, Author