|French art dating from 1848 to 1915.|
|The Musée d'Orsay, along side the Seine, was completed in 1900, bearing the hallmarks of Paris' extravagant Beaux-arts style.|
|The Orsay's grand concourse used to be it's inadequate loading platform. |
Today, it makes a better art museum than it ever did a train station.
|Comparing the two photos, the grand concourse|
of the museum still looks a bit like a train station,
but that ambiance gives the place character.
|The Paris museum district: The Louvre (O), the Orsay (J), the Petit Palace (E). the Pompidou (V). The Rodin and Picasso museums are just a few blocks off the map.|
|The Orsay is where you go to see Manet's massive Luncheon on the Grass,|
if it's not on loan somewhere. I've seen it twice, neither time in Paris.
The naked lady and her gentlemen friends travel quite a lot.
|Every self-respecting art museum has to have its own restaurant. |
The dining room looks nothing like a train station. Let's just say, McDonald's it's not.