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Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France


The Musee d'Orsay acts as the bridge between between where the permanent collections of the Louvre's Romanticism holdings depart and where the Fauvist and Cubist holdings of the National Museum of Modern Art (Centre Pompidou) begin. Broadly encompassing the tumultuous years between 1848 and 1914, the Musee d'Orsay is known for its Impressionist collections, and is the most visited museum in France after the Musee du Louvre and Palace of Versailles. The evolution of the physical space of the museum is as fascinating as the masterworks that it preserves, having transformed from a glittering and sumptuous train station into the world-renown museum of art that it is today.

Built between 1810 and 1838 by architects Jean-Charles and Jacques Bonnard Lacornee, the Palais d'Orsay was originally intended to host the Foreign Ministry but was gutted during the Paris Commune of 1871. Bought by the Paris-Orleans Railway Company, the space was adapted into a stunning train station, the Gare d'Orsay. Originally including a magnificent hotel, boasting over four hundred rooms, a ballroom, and a large restaurant, the Gare d'Orsay opened for the Universal Exposition in 1900. Having lost most of its rail traffic by the outbreak of the Second World War, the station became completley unused by 1958, with permission to demolish granted ten years later. France's then-president launched a project to utilize the space for a museum of the nineteenth century and just ten years later, in 1986, the Musee d'Orsay was inaugurated.

Now housing some of the most remarkable examples of nineteenth and early twentieth century French painting, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic art, photography and cinema, the museum also curatorially expresses the relationship between the visual arts, literature and music. Welcoming over three and a half million visitors in 2012 alone, the Musee d'Orsay is the perfect base for discovering the decline of Romanticism, the eclecticism of the Second Empire and the Academic art of the Third Republic, as well as the wealth of reactions and challenges to officially-sanctioned tastes. Featuring masterpieces of world painting such as Courbet's L'Origine du monde, Manet's Luncheon on the Grass, Renoir's Bal du moulin de la Galette, Cezanne's The Card Players and Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone, the Musee d'Orsay continues to expand its collection through grants, donations, and bequests, constantly acquiring works that integrate into the national collections. Far from being frozen or fixed, the Musee d'Orsay is a powerhouse of world art that is in a permanent state of flux.
A Summer Night painting reproduction, Winslow Homer
Breton Wrestlers painting reproduction, Paul Serusier
Bullfight painting reproduction, Édouard Manet
A Summer Night
Winslow Homer
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Breton Wrestlers
Paul Serusier
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Bullfight
Édouard Manet
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Charing Cross Bridge painting reproduction, Andre Derain
La Carmencita painting reproduction, John Singer Sargent
Regatta at Argenteuil painting reproduction, Claude Monet
Charing Cross Bridge
Andre Derain
Gallery Price: $625.00
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La Carmencita
John Singer Sargent
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Regatta at Argenteuil
Claude Monet
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Rose Bushes Under the Trees painting reproduction, Gustav Klimt
Self-Portrait 1889 painting reproduction, Vincent Van Gogh
The Absinthe Drinker painting reproduction, Edgar Degas
Rose Bushes Under the Trees
Gustav Klimt
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Self-Portrait 1889
Vincent Van Gogh
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The Absinthe Drinker
Edgar Degas
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The Church at Auvers Sur Oise painting reproduction, Vincent Van Gogh
The Circus painting reproduction, Georges Seurat
The Crown painting reproduction, Odilon Redon
The Church at Auvers Sur Oise
Vincent Van Gogh
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The Circus
Georges Seurat
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The Crown
Odilon Redon
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The Floor Scrapers painting reproduction, Gustave Caillebotte
The Muse painting reproduction, Maurice Denis
The Racecourse, Amateur Jockeys painting reproduction, Edgar Degas
The Floor Scrapers
Gustave Caillebotte
Gallery Price: $585.00
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The Muse
Maurice Denis
Gallery Price: $615.00
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The Racecourse, Amateur Jockeys
Edgar Degas
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The Toilette painting reproduction, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec
The White Cat painting reproduction, Pierre Bonnard
The Toilette
Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec
Gallery Price: $595.00
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The White Cat
Pierre Bonnard
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