Thirty years ago the Orsay museum opened to the public. Since then, it has become one of the most popular attractions in Paris as it holds the world's most important collection of Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings.
|Gare d'Orsay-circa 1900|
|Musee d'Orsay Facade-|
|Musee d'Orsay Great Hall|
The main line railway ceased to operate in 1939 because innovations in railways made the station short platform obsolete for the longer electric trains. Over the next decades it was used for staging various events like a movie set for such film as Orson Well's "The Trial" or as performance space for the Theater company Renault-Barrault or as a space for the auctioneers from the Drouot Auction House. In the 1970's the station was scheduled to be demolished to be replaced by a hideous modern hotel. Thankfully, this did not come to pass and instead the station was placed on the list of historical monuments to be converted into a museum.
In 1980, the task of renovating the space from former railroad to museum was awarded to an Italian female architect and interior designer Gae Auletti (1927-2012). It took several years to complete the project and on December 1, 1986 the new museum was inaugurated and subsequently opened to the public on December 9. It was from the start a great success and now it attracts more than a 3 million visitors a year.
|Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe- Edouard Manet|
The Orsay Museum focuses on French modern art from 1848-1915 and holds about 6000 works of art, not all on display at one time, covering paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture, decorative arts, ceramics and textiles. In addition it hold an impressive collection of photography, amounting to some 12,000 photographs.
|La Gare St. Lazare- Claude Monet|
Its main attraction is its Impressionist and Post Impressionist collection with works by Gustave Courbet, Jean Francois Millet, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Pierre-August Renoir, Camille Pissaro, Vincent van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec and much much more.
|Four Quarters of the World-|
Jean Baptiste Carpeaux
|Musee d'Orsay Restaurant|
|Musee d'Orsay Cafe Campana|
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