Thursday, August 09, 2007

Day 7: FREE Museum Day

While going from the Louvre to Champs-Elysées the previous day, we missed the Jardins Tuileries and Place de la Concorde because we were searching for food. We got off the proper Louvre stop that took you directly to the center of the museum where we found this, the pyramid under le carrousel du Louvre, the circular road entrance of the Louvre. Where the chalice meets the blade! I shoulda done the Da Vinci Code tour...Arc du Triomphe du Carrousel.
Les jardins Tuileries.

La place de la Concorde.
Mari and I came to Paris on a great weekend. On the first Sunday of each month, all the museums in Paris are free. We saved three museums for this day: Musée d'Orsay, L'Orangerie, Centre Pompidou. It was jam packed with people. We waited more than an hour to get into the d'Orsay, but it was definitely worth it. It is my favorite museum of all time.
The museum focuses on art produced 1850s to 1950s, highlighting the impressionists... my FAVORITE.
Manet's Déjeuner sur l'herbe.
Whistler's mother.
Le Sacre-Coeur in the background. The building used to be an old train station, and was converted into a museum. I loved all the random clocks reminding you of its previous use.
Renoir is my favorite artist, and seeing all these famous works gave me chills. La Balançoire.
Bal au moulin de la galette (we were just there the previous day!)
Dance in the country. Dance in the city.
Girls at the piano. My favorite.

Outside on the roof.
Goodbye d'Orsay.
Bonjour l'Orangerie. This is another impressionists gallery. It's famous for the Monet's 8 giant panels Nymphéas, pond scenes displayed with his exact specifications in an oval room.
More Renoir.

These things were MASSIVE.
It felt like you were transported in the middle of the lake.

Two down, one more to go. The last was the Musée de l'art moderne au Centre Pompidou. The building is so cool; I liked the description where it feels like it was turned inside out. White beams mean structural. Green means water pipes. Blue means air pipes. The top two floors were devoted to the museum. But the lower ones is a huge library for people to study. Loved their free internet. Hate French keyboards. The M key is located where the :; key is. And the QWAZ all swapped places.
Stepped more into the future of modern/contemporary art.

Tons of Kandinskys...

George Braque.
Rene Magritte.

Dinner in front of the Centre Pompidou.
The view from dinner.

We decided to check out the Eiffel tower at night since it was still early.

1 comment:

Christine said...

your l'Orangerie pics are gorgeous!