The Musee d’Orsay, Paris

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Head’s up!  This will be a long post.  Lots of pictures.  The Musee d’Orsay is an incredible museum.  Much smaller than the Louvre, it is still a huge collection.  Many days are needed to truly see everything.  But, I gave it the old college try again in one day recently.

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The views out the windows are pretty spectacular.

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I am fascinated by how my tastes change over time.  When I visit a museum these days, new things I might never have noticed now take center stage for me.  Below are pictures of the works that caught my eye this time.

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Of course I always love white marble neoclassical sculpture from the 19th century.  It’s the stuff I cut my art history teeth with.   But this was a new take:  I have never seen a neoclassical (or any other period) sculpture that is adorned with actual earrings!

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I loved this Annunciation, especially since I see Quattrocento versions in Florence almost daily.  I love the French term for the title: La salutation Angelique.  Everything sounds better in French.

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I can’t remember seeing costumes on display in art museums in the past.  I was so happy to see these from the early 20th century.  Such a delight!

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A French costume version of an American Indian:

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I found this sculpture by Dubois very interesting.  It feels Quattrocentoesque to me, which I like, but the main thing I like about it is the silvery finish.

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Hello Whistler! How’s your mom?  Nice to see a fellow American here!

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