On the 8th of October, I went with a friend, Vasilisa, to the Musée d’Orsay. In my opinon, the museum is the second most important museum , behind the Musée du Louvre, in Paris, France. Unlike the Louvre, the works of art are mostly impressionism or post impressionism. Impressionism was not highly regarded during its time period and was never recieved when displaied at “le Grand Salon”. The bold paint strokes, bright colors, playful light, and different angles was fresh and exciting at the time. We may look at is as old fashion and quite conservative in or age of contemporary pop art. But at the time, it was very ‘off the wall’. The critics described the works to be unfinished sketches, an impression. The artist took the name “impressionist”.
Some of my favorite famous artist of the impressionism movement were: Manet, Monet, Degas, Roden, and Van Gogh (there are so many!). Each were in Paris, France at one point in their artist careers. I not only have a passion for the art these men’s and women’s art work but for their courage. They went against the grain and took their critics with a straight face. They continued their studies and works. These people created wonderful pieces of art which were not fully appreciated till later -not later in their lives, but later in the next century.
Thus, ironicly, the Louvre sits with more classical arts on one side of the river, and the Musée d’Orsay sits on the opposite bank. When I went to the Musée Orsay (M ‘O), parts were closed off for reconstructions. I was not upset because I can always come again (free), but the grand paintings I wanted to see were not in public viewing area, and most of the paintings were impressionism. However, a large number of post-impressionism and art nouveau (another favorite) were avalable for viewing. It was a small disappointing.
I was quite happy to see a wonderful exhibition called “Beauté, Morale et Volupté” (“Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness”) was a great find in the M ‘O! The exhibit is from the Victorian And Albert Museum in London, England which was called “The Cult of Beauty”. The exhitition is about the Aesthetes Movement (1860-1900). There was paintings, pottery, furniture, clothing, photo, and, even, iron gates.
The exhibit would be a wonderful place for a lolita meet-up before tea!