A unique museum  in paris 

Musée d’Orsay houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world

Published: 24th March 2017 09:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th March 2017 05:40 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: For me, like many others, to be in Paris is pure bliss. When I got to spend a week there, I considered myself the luckiest. France has a lot of museums and Paris has even more. As a lover of art, making the best out of my time there, I visited a number of museums and the one that’s still fresh in my memory is the unique Musée d’Orsay.

One morning, walking along the left bank of the River Seine, I entered the lovely Musée d’Orsay. The uniqueness of the museum is, it is housed in the former railway station built between 1898 and 1900.

The museum holds mainly French art, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photographs.

It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Degas, Renoir, Manet, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe – a must see in Paris for lovers of impressionism.

The museum is on three levels, with specific exhibition spaces and different facilities distributed throughout the three levels.

After spending three hours feasting my eyes with all the art that Musée d’Orsay had to offer, I climbed the terrace to be greeted by a splendid sight.  The huge sculptures on the terrace walls formed a beautiful foreground to the lovely view of the Louvre as the tranquil Siene flowed along. 

As I walked back, I was struck by the perfection of a living statue on the street, with a begging bowl placed in the front. I stood there for a long time, admiring the patience and persistence of the poor busker.

I realised that sculptures are made of not just stone, metal, wood and clay, but sadly they are also made of tears. (The author is a documentary filmmaker and travel writer; blogs at www.vijayaprataptravelandbeyond.com)

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp