5 Must See Paintings of van Gogh at the Musée d’Orsay

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The paintings of Vincent van Gogh never cease to amaze us. He was born in Netherlands and died in France. Even though he had only a short life, he had done a lot of paintings that mesmerize art lovers even today. Sunflowers, Wheatfield with crows, The Potato Eaters, Starry Night Over the Rhone, are some of the most famous paintings of van Gogh.

Most of his artworks are exhibited in various museums and art galleries across Europe. The Musée d’Orsay museum in Paris occupies 24 paintings of Vincent van Gogh. A private tour of Musée d’Orsay helps you see and enjoy those famous art works of Vincent van Gogh. The paintings of van Gogh is exhibited at the second level of Musée d’Orsay, in the Gallery of Post-Impressionists

Here are the 10 must see paintings of Vincent van Gogh at the Musée d’Orsay

Starry Night Over the Rhone – 1888

The painting was in a private collection till 1922. Vincent van Gogh finished the painting when he was in Arles, just before he went to the asylum in Saint-Remy. He was in the asylum when he painted some of his other famous art works. The location of the painting is the banks of the river Rhone. Today the painting is hanging on the walls of Musée d’Orsay museum in Paris.

Portrait of the Artist – 1887

The painting is exhibited in room 71 of Musée d’Orsay. Vincent van Gogh painted more than thirty self portraits from 1885 to 1889. In a letter to his sister, van Gogh explained that he uses himself as a model because it cost less than paying a model. He used a mirror when he painted his portraits and his features in all the paintings are reversed.

Self Portrait – 1889

Until 1949 the Self Portrait was in the private collection of Paul and Marguerite Gachet. It was completed when van Gogh was in the asylum in Saint-Remy. That was the most turbulent period in the life of Vincent van Gogh. The portrait expresses the change he had undergone during his period in the asylum.

La Méridienne 1889

During his life in the asylum van Gogh has limited access to subjects for his painting. So he copied the paintings of other artists. Rather than producing an exact copy, van Gogh altered the composition of the painting through his unique perspective, color and technique. La Méridienne was inspired by Noonday Rest, painted by the famous French painter Jean François Millet.

L’Arlésienne – 1888

The meaning of L’Arlésienne is the woman of Arles. The woman in the painting is Madame Marie Jullian. She ran the Café de la Gare at 30 Place Lamartine. Musée d’Orsay tours help you to see the L’Arlésienne, which is now exhibited in room 72 of the museum.

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