Musée d'Orsay

The permanent collections of this museum are devoted to the art of the Western world

Musée d'Orsay, art in the Western world from 1848 to 1914

The Musée d’Orsay is renowned for being one of the most beautiful museums in the world and having one of the richest collections. Situated on the left bank of the Seine opposite the Tuileries Gardens, it has not always been a museum. Built by Victor Laloux for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, the building was initially a railway station before being transformed into a museum in 1986.

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The permanent collections of this multidisciplinary museum are devoted to the art of the Western world – painting, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, architecture, and photography – from 1848 to 1914; that is a total of 6,000 works of which only 3,000 are on show to the public at any one time.

Major works include: Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe by Edouard Manet, La classe de danse by Edgar Degas, Des glaneuses by Jean-François Millet, the Bal du moulin de la Galette by Auguste Renoir, the series of Cathédrales de Rouen by Claude Monet, the Cirque by Georges Seurat, Les joueurs de carte by Paul Cézanne, Les femmes de Tahiti by Paul Gauguin, Portrait de l'artiste by Vincent van Gogh ... The Museum has one of the largest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works in the world.

In addition to the permanent collections, numerous events are held throughout the year: temporary exhibitions, concerts, lectures, seminars, shows ...

Beyond the Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky

14 March - 25 June 2017

Until 25 June 2017, the Musée d’Orsay is offering visitors the chance to see the exhibition ‘Beyond the Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky’, one of the most eagerly-awaited spring events in Paris.

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Through some one hundred works from many artistic periods, ranging from Impressionism to avant-garde and abstract movements, the exhibition invites the public to discover the sacred bond that unites the greatest painters in the history of landscape painting.

Works by Gauguin, Denis, Monet, Hodler, Klimt, Munch and Van Gogh have been chosen to show the importance of the theme of mysticism by which artists evoked the existential questions that preoccupied them. The landscape, an ideal medium through which to express inner feelings, holds many secrets that the Musée d’Orsay proposes to explore.

In an era of photography and images, the exhibition ‘Beyond the Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky’ is a unique opportunity to seize the power of the landscape in the pictorial world and admire the prowess of those artists who have constantly striven to reproduce ‘flashes of light’ ...

Practical information

14 March - 25 June 2017
From 9.30 am to 6pm (until 9.45pm Thursday). Closed Monday
Musée d’Orsay – 7th

Musée d'Orsay Adhérent

1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, 75007

Internationally renowned for its rich collection of Impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay also displays all Western artistic......