instead of opting for the more famous louvre, which takes an estimated 2 weeks to see in its entirety, we spent our third day in paris entirely at the musee d'orsay.
and we spent almost our entire day at the musee d'orsay in the impressionist paintings section.
i married a wonderful man, ladies and gentlemen. he traipsed around the museum with me all.day. and listened to me go on and on about this particular artist or that painting and why i do/ don't like it and on and on. my opinions are sometimes eloquent and informed. most of the time, though, they're un-PC things i'd never let my art professor from college (or my artist mother) hear me saying!
the museum was, in its former life, a train station. i think it makes a beautiful museum! and by the end of the day, we felt quite cultured.
at this point i should tell you that they don't let you take pictures inside. but here's a photograph of monet's famous haystacks (and a few more.)
more monet- lily ponds and bridges and impressionist sunsets.
he's a popular painter, but he's brilliant with light so i don't feel badly liking his work as much as i do.
a dutch scene for a dutch girl.
renoir's le moulin de la gallette.
i love this painting. so much. (click to see it larger). the way he paints light, on the backs of the planers and on the wooden floor, is absolutely beautiful.
who doesn't love van gogh? (he's a post-impressionist, but whatever.)
i think my van gogh favorite is the cafe terrace at night. it's not in orsay, sadly, but there were enough of his other works to make me happy!
a note about impressionism, so you can not only have a little context for what you're viewing but also can talk like an informed art aficionado and impress your friends.