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 ...

Portraits by Cezanne

From 13 June to 24 September, the Musée d'Orsay is offering the public a unique opportunity to discover the work of Paul Cézanne –  one of the founding fathers of modern art. Bringing together some sixty or so masterpieces from public and private collections from all over the world, the exhibition ‘Portraits by Cézanne’ traces the artistic evolution of this famous French painter chronologically over the years. The changes in Cézanne’s artistic style – Impressionism, Fauvism and even Cubism – are examined and seen through the unexpected prism of the portrait. Famous for his landscapes, his nudes and his still life paintings, the artist is approached here in a rare light, giving another view of his rich work.

In works depicting his relatives (like his wife Hortense Fiquet or their son), himself and even anonymous figures, Cézanne demonstrated a surprising liberty of expression, where intimacy has an enigmatic dimension. 

'Portraits by Cezanne', an exceptional occasion on which to discover the world of a master who inspired generations of artists.

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......