|We were inside the Musée d'Orsay by 9:40 this morning -- ten minutes after it opened. As always, we find|
the space in the remade railroad station overwhelmingly impressive.
|To start the morning, we carefully went through an exhibit about the painter|
Henri Rousseau. As always with major art exhibits, the sheer number of works
belonging to museums worldwide was amazing.
|On the other side of the huge clock on the fifth floor you can|
see the Paris skyline. In the far distance: the Sacré-Coeur on Montmartre.
|The Impressionist collections are vast. We remember the series of paintings of Rouen cathedral from the old|
Jeu de Pomme museum where they were shown until the Orsay opened in around 1986.
|Collections of decorative arts and furniture, especially from the Art Nouveau|
era, are also extensive and very wonderful.
|Around a dozen Cezannes at least are in the collection. When we were in Provence last week, we thought about this one of Mount Sainte Victoire.|
|"Dinner" by Félix Vallotton fascinated me because it shows what the people were eating.|
|After several hours, we walked out of the museum, across the river, and|
into the Tuilleries Gardens where a gigantic ferris wheel is in operation.
|Beyond the ferris wheel you can see the Eiffel tower.|