Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Detail from La bouée rouge by Signac.
Today we spent pretty much the whole day at the Musée D'Orsay. If you think it looks like a railway station, you are right. It was one, lay derelict for many years and then was turned into a museum.
Now it may shock some of you but I came to Paris with no intention of visiting the Louvre.
The main museums of Paris are the Louvre (Ancient and Renaissance art), the Musée D'Orsay (Impressionists) and the Pompidou Centre (Modern art). My likings fall squarely in the impressionist camp. (I am also probably the only person around who thinks Leonardo DaVinci is awfully over-rated. But there you go.)
So we spent seven hours or so at the Musée D'Orsay. Loved it.
Can I keep the desire to return to painting alive until I return home? I hope so.
(No, painting on the road doesn't appeal.)
Postscript: I think I should have been a Parisian. The number of statues and paintings and buildings that honour the female nude is absolutely delightful!
Posted by Lee at 08:01