The Musée d’Orsay, housed in the old Orsay railway station, witch was saved from destruction in 1970, by a combination of timely publicity, ideality of location (opposite the Louvre Museum), and architectural innovation, contains one of the most magnificient collections of 19th and early 20th century art in the world.
The quality and variety of works in the Musée d’Orsay, limited to the years 1848 to 1914, i quite unique. Thought the most well-known and probably best-loved painting style of the 19th century is “Impressionism, and in fact a great diversity of art can be attributed from this era.
The distinctive tone of the museum’s remarkable collection comes, in part, from the medley of works and styles, culled from the galleries and storage rooms of various other French museums. Specifically the Louvre, the Jeu de Paume, the Modern Art museum and the musée du Luxembourg. Over 300 stunning of the museum’s masterpieces include : Ingres, Courbet, Degas, Manet, Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguuin, Matisse, Camille Claudel….
It is really just the other side of the river, from the Louvre, and next to the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur.
Not only the museum, but the building and how they transformed it into what it is today, is worth the visit.