Friday, January 07, 2005
I took the bus to the Musée d'Orsay for my Friday walking tour. With its location right next to the Seine, I think it's by far one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris. It started out as a train station in 1900, opening its doors for the first time to coincide with the World's Fair in Paris. By 1940, the station was obsolete because the platforms had become too short for the modern, longer trains. After many uses, and being spared the wrecking ball at the last minute in 1970, it opened its doors as a museum in 1986. For now it holds a range of art from 1848-1914, including but not limited to the impressionist period. The impressionist collection was originally situated in the Jeu de Paume. You can always tell the last time a visitor was in France if they ask to go to the Jeu de Paume to see the impressionists -- it's been more than 15 years since the move to Orsay.
It was a wonderful tour. We focused on a few of the most famous paintings in the museum. We also looked at a sculpture by Camille Claudel. She was the student and mistress, for over 10 years, of the sculpture Rodin. Although Rodin wasn't married, he had a long-term partner, Rose Beuret, who bore him a son. The sculpture below (L’Age Mûr) is by Claudel representing her break-up by Rodin and his going back to Rose for good. Claudel is the beautiful one on her knees begging him to come back. The woman envelopping Rodin, Rose, looks like an old hag. It's a really powerful piece.
-- said Auntie M in Paris
# posted by BohemianMama : 12:03 AM
# posted by Margie : 5:13 PM
>After many uses, and being spared the wrecking ball at >the last minute in 1970, it opened its doors as a >museum in 1986.
Can you imagine...the building is sooo beautiful.
You have made my day, thank you...
# posted by Carrie : 5:58 PM