This Museum itself is special.
Let's go back in time, to 1900, and meet with impressionist artists like Monet and Van Gogh. The Orsay building is the perfect set: a magnificent building, at the turn of the century, as a train station. But the trains wont fit anymore to the width of the old rails so they transformed the building into a museum.Its metallic modern structure, that might remind you of the Eiffel Tower, represents very well the industrial era, when the avant-garde was born in art.
A bunch of artists are the mirror of the changes : Monet, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro or Degas will change the rules of art, and create a new style in painting, soon followed by the sculptors like Carpeaux and Rodin.
These artists were considered very modern (or maybe too modern) for their time, and they’ll have to persist to be recognized in a world that was still afraid of change.
Discover some of the masterpieces, among which: Whistler’s mother (by Whistler), Little dancer of fourteen years (by Degas), Bal du Moulin de la Galette (by Renoir), The poppy fields near Argenteuil, Waterlilies (by Monet), as well as the great work of expressionist artists, like Vincent Van Gogh, with one of its wonderful Starry night, the Bedroom in Arles, or one of his most famous self-portrait.
Like an Art journalist in the 1900, we will look closely at these strange but beautiful paintings and learn how the impressionist experimented vividly with the colors, lines, forms, perspectives, textures and compositions to transmit his message.