Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay was previously a train station called Gare d'Orsay. It was contructed by Chemin de Fer de Paris a Orleans and designed by Lucien Magne, Emile Benard, and Victor Laloux around 1900. However, after 1939, the low platforms were unfitting for the new trains. For a brief period, the d'Orsay was used for movies. When a plan to demolish the station and build a new hotel came in, the minister of cultural affairs, Jacques Duhamel, ruled against it. Instead, the d'Orsay was turned into a museum as suggested by the the directorate of museums of France. To design the new museum, a competition was held in 1978. Now, it is a museum which houses arts from around the impressionist period (1848-1915) along with post impressionist arts which bridges the gap between the Louvre and Centre Pompidou. It is divided into three floors with art on both sides. You can still see signs of it previously being a train station. A large, functional clock still remains from when the d'Orsay was a station.
 Musee d'Orsay
 Inside the Orsay
 Clock from outside the Orsay

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_d%27Orsay

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