Visit the Musee d'Orsay and discover Impressionism with an art historian
Visting the Musee d'Orsay is a unique opportunity to truly understand the Impressionists art "revolution". Follow me in this journey into French Art history: from the middle of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th, from Academic art to Impressionism and Post Impressionism. We will admire masterpieces made by some of the most famous artists of the world like Manet, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec, Whistler, Cezanne, Pissarro, Renoir and many others and we will also discover together the architectural beauty of the museum. It is well known that before being a museum it was a train station, but do you know there is one of the most beautiful window of all Paris in there?
The tour will includes a short walk in the Academic art and Naturalism rooms and then the most famous works of art by:
- Toulouse Lautrec
- Whistler's mother painting (when on display)
- Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro paintings
- Post impressionism gallery (works by Van Gogh and Gauguin).
- Panoramic terraces (inside and outside when open) to enjoy the beautiful views on the Museum main gallery and on the river Seine.
On request I can create a bespoke tour including different artists, art movements (Symbolism, Pointillisme. . . ) or museum galleries
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: In front of the Musee d'Orsay, near the Rhinoceros statue. I have a green cardboard with me. On request, I can meet you at your hotel/apartment in Paris.
End location: In the musee d'Orsay. After the visit you can stay in the Museum as long as you want, visit the bookstore or enjoy a coffee in the cafeteria. If you are not staying in the Museum I can give you direction about where to go in the area (sightseeing, restaurant, cafes) or help you finding a taxi or taking the metro. On request, I can accompany you where you prefer in Paris.
Duration: 2 hours
walking tour in the Musee d'Orsay
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 euro - per person: entrance ticket. Tickets will be booked and prepaid by the guide in order to skip the entrance line. If you already have a Paris Museum Pass or you need a free ticket (free admission for -18 years old visitors or -26 y.o. if European Citizens) please notify it to me as soon as possible. Once bought tickets are not refundable.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car or minivan and driver
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Sara was extremely knowledgable and made our visit to Musee d'Orsay so much more enjoyable and informative. She provided the right level of historical background, both of the societal and artistic influences, supporting the art of the impressionist era. We not only viewed the most noteworthy pieces, but also some lesser-known works that reflect certain issues in the life and work of particular artists. Well worth the investment to tour the Orsay with Sara!!