Musee d’Orsay

Today’s stop on the Paris Express Museum Tour For Bloggers is brought to you by l’elephant.


Note the Mona Lisa in the background on the right and the dude selling water for one euro a liter on the left.  Who said the French aren’t entrepreneurial?

Amy and I spent the lunch hour +/– 1 at Musee d’Orsay.  Like the relatively new J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, I find the architecture much more interesting than the art.


Musee d’Orsay is a beautiful building – both inside and out.  The current exhibit is Cezanne and Pissarro 1865 – 1885. While Cezanne and Pissarro were undoubtably two of the key artists of the second half of the 19th century, I find their art only slightly less dull than Dutch Masters.  Of course, it’s beautiful, but there are only so many trees, streams, gardens, and people that I care to look at.

We did manage to find some startling Van Gogh’s in a room full of them.  Yum yum.


And – this being Paris and all – there were a fabulous collection of Impressionist works, especially some great ones by Monet.


Lunch at the cafe was very tasty. 

  • Erik Schwartz

    I am extremely torn over D’Orsay.

    Jeu de Paume was a far more intimate museum. It was usually pretty quiet (off season) and it wasn’t overwhelming.

    D’Orsay is huge. It’s great that they get to always show the stuff that used to rotate in and out of Jeu de Paume, but as a museum, it’s kind of overwhelming.

    Make sure you don’t miss Mus�e de l’Orangeries

  • Dave Hodson

    color me jealous

  • Felix

    While Cezanne and Pissarro were undoubtably two of the key artists of the second half of the 19th century, I find their art only slightly less dull than Dutch Masters.

    A rather uncultured remark. Which Dutch masters do you mean? Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer? Any other world famous Dutch painter? Perhaps the Picasso museum in Paris would be a better choice for you.

  • Brad Feld

    Felix – I meant Rubens in particular, although I love the giant Rubens room in the Louvre. Or – for another example of something that immediately makes me fall asleep – see “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt.

    And yes – I love the Picasso museum. See – it’s one of my favorite museums in the world.

    Also, I never have thought of Van Gogh as a “Dutch Master.” I acknowledge his dutchness, but I’ve always considered him a post-impressionist. And – no, I don’t like Van Gogh’s early work (e.g. “The Potato Eaters.”)

    Finally, I’m an American, so by definition I’m uncultured.

  • Dan Dunn

    I was at D’Orsay in December. I agree with your likes and dislikes on the paintings. But I’d choose a different strength: the statues. I thought the sculptures were just fantastic.

    Did you snag a picture of the dining room? That’s quite the view all by itself.

  • Brad Feld

    Dan – I didn’t take a picture of but you are right – the view from behind the giant clock is killer.

  • Will

    Perhaps my tastes are less refined or the breadth of my experience more narrow than your normal world-traveling, been-there-done-that reader, but D’Orsay is my favorite museum in the world. I like it much better than the other museum I once visited .

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