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Musee d’Orsay

May 12, 2006

Today’s stop on the Paris Express Museum Tour For Bloggers is brought to you by l’elephant.

Note the Mona Lisa in the background on the right and the dude selling water for one euro a liter on the left.  Who said the French aren’t entrepreneurial?

Amy and I spent the lunch hour +/– 1 at Musee d’Orsay.  Like the relatively new J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, I find the architecture much more interesting than the art.

Musee d’Orsay is a beautiful building – both inside and out.  The current exhibit is Cezanne and Pissarro 1865 – 1885. While Cezanne and Pissarro were undoubtably two of the key artists of the second half of the 19th century, I find their art only slightly less dull than Dutch Masters.  Of course, it’s beautiful, but there are only so many trees, streams, gardens, and people that I care to look at.

We did manage to find some startling Van Gogh’s in a room full of them.  Yum yum.

And – this being Paris and all – there were a fabulous collection of Impressionist works, especially some great ones by Monet.

Lunch at the cafe was very tasty.