Musée d’Orsay has a prominent place in the map of art museums in the world. It also has an elaborate history, which makes it worthy of such recognition, apart from the exceptional collection of items.
The Orsay Museum Paris is known for its assortment of Impressionism art, while the place has served as a train station, a postal depot, cinematic foray, auction house, and also a hotel for a long time in the past. Below are some of the best works here, which you must check out during your Musee d Orsay guided tours.
Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet
This is a major attraction of Musée d’Orsay due to several reasons. In the work, there is ambiguity regarding the location of the woman. Some argue it is a floating scene while others say it is a bathtub.
It created a lot of controversies and this became a crucial factor in giving it much needed fame. The scene is set in shadow-less photographic light, while the subject also grabs the attention of the viewer. The woman in the image has the body of his wife and the head of his favorite model.
Small Dancer Aged 14 by Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas was considered as the founder of Impressionism art. In this work, he has portrayed a ballet student from Paris’ Opera, Marie. The piece is made of bronze; the original version of the same work, however, was made of wax and had real fabrics along with real hair.
The Circus by Georges Seurat
This is an exceptional work of art, in which there is a detailed portrayal of a scene straight out of a circus ring. The stage area is delicately described, with detailing to the tiniest details including the several curves and spirals that are usually found in a circus ring. Further, the seating space for the public is also carefully depicted. The audience can be seen seated with rapt attention.
Bal Du Moulin De La Galette by Auguste Renoir
In another masterpiece from the era of Impressionism, this is a popular depiction of life in Paris. It has a very attractive style with its format and aesthetic appeal, which makes it a must-see attraction in any Musee d Orsay guided tours.
Banquette De Fumoir by Hector Guimard
Hector Guimard was one of the chief architects of the Paris Metro entrances. Here, the artist has showcased his creative talents by developing a piece of furniture that is completely out of the box. There is an effective use of plants as its legs appear like sneaky slithering vines.