It was Tuesday morning in Paris. My husband and son went off to see Napoleon's tomb, The Army Museum and other things at Les Invalides. I was debating among the Botanical Gardens, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Musee D'Orsay. I chose the museum because it
was rainy although the guidebooks all warn you not to visit the Musee D'Orsay on Tuesday. On Tuesdays the Louvre is closed which sends crowds to the other museum. I thought I would walk over and take a look at the line.
The line wasn't too bad and people had some great outfits! One lady had a gorgeous pair of red leather shoes that were actually quite sensible, but still lovely. There was a gentleman in a tweed coat with a pocket square with butterflies. Someone had an umbrella which displayed the Sydney opera house - I was quite envious. After ten or fifteen minutes I was inside, got my ticket and audio guide, and stepped into the museum. It is in an old railroad station and they have kept the center open - so it's an enormous open space! This photo is from the fifth floor looking down - you can see the first floor in the center and the third floor sculpture galleries around the edges.
Since I hadn't done any preparation I decided to start on the third floor where they had some post-impressionists . . . Vincent Van Gogh among them. The room with the Van Goghs was very crowded so I wandered in the sculpture gallery for a bit. I loved this statue - on its own and in this particular space. It is Hercules the Archer by Emile-Antoine Bourdelle. It seemed fitting that Hercules' strength and heroism should be in a space large enough for his energy and adventures.
After a bit I took a deep breath and ventured into the gallery with Van Gogh and Gauguin. It was crowded so patience was needed. This is my favorite painting from the gallery - The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise. I listened to the audio guide which did give many interesting facts about the painting. . . and decided the audio guide was not for me. It lacked passion! I really love the energy of this painting - in the texture - which you can see a bit - and in the color of the sky! Some days the sky is so gorgeous and I really felt Van Gogh captured that.
Then I was hungry and checked out the cafes to see if they were at all reasonable. The reasonable one was on the fifth floor and too crowded but it had this wonderful window - I couldn't get the photo I wanted although this gives you a bit of the idea. You can actually see through the window and have a great view of the river.
Next to the café was a gallery with four Monet paintings together - all the cathedral at Rouen - but from different times of day with different lighting. It was great to see them together like that.
There were also several works by pointillists - whom I don't usually enjoy but I really like this painting. It is by Georges Lemmen, an artist I don't know. That will be something new to explore. It was a very good visit - I enjoyed many familiar friends and discovered a few new ones.