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Monument : Orsay Museum

Orsay Museum

The Orsay museum, located in the old Orsay railway station built in 1900, is dedicated to all forms of artistic expression: painting, sculpture and photography of the 1848-1914 period. The era of the impressionist painters is particularly well represented with the masterpieces of Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas... Admire the delicate brush strokes of Renoir, the serious self-portrait of Van Gogh, the radiance of a Monet's landscape amongst other artistic marvels.

Built by architect Victor Laloux in 1900, the Gare d'Orsay was one of the Paris stations with trains to the south-west of France. Located across the Louvre on the Seine river left bank, it has been spectacularly renovated from to house the Orsay museum.

In the 1870, the "Impressionism" was a French "Avant-garde" painters group rejected by the official academy. The imPressionists (among them Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Edgar Manet, Théo Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne) painted ordinary life and people on the spot and in the open air.

They rejected historical and mythological subjects. They used light colors. Above all, they are famous for having departed from the tradition of painting "reality". They instead used color spots and strokes to suggest their impression of the reality that only reveals itself from the distance.

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How to get there

To reach Orsay museum from Elysees Union hotel, pick up the bus line 63 at Iena to Lille Université in approx 20 mn