The Musée d'Orsay is a world-class museum; of course, it is one of the top tourist attractions in Paris with a collection that rivals few other museums.

Ah, so many wonderful paintings by Monet!

Essai de Figure en Plein-air: Femme à l'Ombrelle Tournée vers la Gauche (1886)

The woman in the painting is Suzanne Hoschedé, daughter of Alice Hoschedé, Monet's second wife. 

La Cathédrale de Rouen; Le Portail, Soleil Matinal (1893)

The Rouen Cathedral series captures the façade of the cathedral at different times of the day and year, and reflects changes in its appearance under different lighting conditions. The Musée d'Orsay has at least 5 different paintings from Monet's Rouen Cathedral series.

Les Villas à Bordighera (1884)
Situated on the Mediterranean coast of Liguria, Bordighera attracted Monet and Renoir in 1883 in their search for new landscapes.  Monet returned alone the following year, and painted more than 40 views of the area, the town and its gardens.

Coquelicots (1873)

Monet lived in Argenteuil from 1871 until 1878. These years were a time of fulfillment for him. Supported by his dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, Monet found in the region around his home the bright landscapes which enabled him to explore the potential of plein-air painting.

Etretat : la Plage et la Porte d'Amont (1883)

And of course, Monet's Water Lilies and Giverny paintings:

Nymphéas Bleus (1916-1919)

Le Bassin aux Nymphéas, Harmonie Verte (1899)

Le Jardin de l'Artiste à Giverny (1900)

Le Bassin aux Nymphéas, Harmonie Rose (1900)

In my next post, I'll show you more of the beautiful permanent collection in this world-class museum including beautiful works by van Gogh.

For more information visit: http://www.musee-orsay.fr.

To get to the Musée d'Orsay, use:
Metro: Line 12 to Solférino
RER: Line C to Musée d'Orsay
Bus: Lines 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94

  • Regular admission is 9.00.
  • FREE with your Paris Museum Pass.
  • There may be a charge for special exhibitions.
  • Closed Mondays.
  • Closed January 1, May 1, Christmas Day.
  • Open 9:30-6:00 on Tuesday-Thursday.
  • Open 9:30-9:45 on Thursday

NOTE: All photos of the paintings in this blog post were taken by me on my visit to the Musée d'Orsay in May, 2006.

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