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Musée d'Orsay - About

Musée d'Orsay - About

The Musée d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe.

Paintings: major painters and works represented
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres – 4 paintings
Eugène Delacroix – 5 paintings (the main collection of his paintings is in the Louvre)
Eugène Carrière – 86 paintings including The painting family, The sick child, Intimacy
Théodore Chassériau – 5 paintings (the main collection of his paintings is in the Louvre)
Gustave Courbet – 48 paintings including The Artist's Studio, A Burial at Ornans, Young Man Sitting, L'Origine du monde
Jean-François Millet – 27 paintings including Spring, The Gleaners
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot – 32 paintings (the main collection of his paintings is in the Louvre) including A Morning. The Dance of the Nymphs
Johan Barthold Jongkind – 9 paintings
Alexandre Cabanel – The Birth of Venus, The Death of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta
Jean-Léon Gérôme – Portrait of the baroness Nathaniel de Rothschild, Reception of Condé in Versailles, La Comtesse de Keller
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes – Young Girls by the Seaside, The Young Mother also known as Charity, View on the Château de Versailles and the Orangerie
Gustave Moreau – 8 paintings
Honoré Daumier – 8 paintings
Eugène Boudin – 33 paintings including Trouville Beach
Camille Pissarro – 46 paintings including White Frost
Édouard Manet – 34 paintings including Olympia, The Balcony, Berthe Morisot With a Bouquet of Violets, The Luncheon on the Grass
Berthe Morisot – 9 paintings
Edgar Degas – 43 paintings including The Parade, also known as Race Horses in front of the Tribunes, The Bellelli Family, The Tub, Portrait of Édouard Manet, Portraits, At the Stock Exchange, L'Absinthe
Paul Cézanne – 56 paintings including Apples and Oranges
Claude Monet – 86 paintings (the main collection of his paintings is in the Musée Marmottan Monet) including The Saint-Lazare Station, The Rue Montorgueil in Paris. Celebration of 30 June 1878, Wind Effect, Series of The Poplars, Rouen Cathedral. Harmony in Blue, Blue Water Lilies
Alfred Sisley – 46 paintings including Inondation at Port-Marly
Armand Guillaumin – 44 paintings
Frédéric Bazille – 6 paintings
Mary Cassatt – 1 painting
Odilon Redon – 106 paintings including Caliban
Pierre-Auguste Renoir – 81 paintings including Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre
Ferdinand Hodler – Der Holzfäller (The Woodcutter)
Gustave Caillebotte – 7 paintings including The Floor Scrapers
Édouard Detaille – The Dream
Vincent van Gogh – 24 paintings including Self Portrait, portrait of his friend Eugène Boch, The Siesta, The Church at Auvers, View from the Chevet, The Italian Woman, Starry Night Over the Rhone, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Bedroom in Arles
Paul Gauguin – 24 paintings including Tahitian Women on the Beach
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – 18 paintings
Eugène Jansson – Proletarian Lodgings
Henri-Edmond Cross – 10 paintings including The Cypresses in Cagnes
Paul Signac – 16 paintings including Women at the Well
Théo van Rysselberghe – 6 paintings
Félix Vallotton – Misia at Her Dressing Table
Georges Seurat – 19 paintings including The Circus
Édouard Vuillard – 70 paintings
Henri Rousseau – 3 paintings
Pierre Bonnard – 60 paintings including The Chequered Blouse
Paul Sérusier – The Talisman, the Aven River at the Bois d'Amour
Maurice Denis – Portrait of the Artist Aged Eighteen, Princess Maleine's Minuet or Marthe Playing the Piano, The Green Trees or Beech Trees in Kerduel, October Night (panel for the decoration of a girl's room)
André Derain – Charing Cross Bridge, also known as Westminster Bridge
Edvard Munch – 1 painting
Gustav Klimt – 1 painting
Piet Mondrian – 2 paintings
James McNeill Whistler – 3 paintings including Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother, also known as Whistler's Mother
William-Adolphe Bouguereau – 12 paintings including The Birth of Venus
Cecilia Beaux – Sita and Sarita (Jeune Fille au Chat)

Major sculptors represented in the collection include Alfred Barye, François Rude, Jules Cavelier, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Émile-Coriolan Guillemin, Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin, Camille Claudel, Sarah Bernhardt, and Honoré Daumier.

Other works
It also holds collections of:
architecture and decorative arts

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