May 12 2006

Musee d’Orsay

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Lunch at the cafe was very tasty.