Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Île-de-France, France

The Musée d’Orsay 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.

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Orsay Museum and the Seine viewed from the Passerelle de Solferino

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David, ca 1872, Antonin Mercié and the old station clock
Old clock overlooking the main hall
Une Trouvaille a Pompei, 1863, Hippolyte Moulin

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Eve after the fall, 1869, Eugene Delaplanche
Myrtho The Young Tarantine, 1871, Alexandre Schoenewerk
Sortie du bain, 1861, Paul Cabet

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Sapho, 1852, James Pradier
Polar Bear, 1922, François Pompon
Penelope, 1842, Jules Cavelier
Jean D’Aire, 1884-1889, Auguste Rodin
Seated Lion, 1846, Antoine-Louis Barye
La France impériale portant la lumière dans le monde et protégeant les Sciences, l’Agriculture et l’Industrie, 1865, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

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Capresse des colonies, 1861, Charles Henri Joseph Cordier
Héraklès tue les oiseaux du lac Stymphale, 1909, Antoine Bourdelle
Small Dancer Aged 14, 1865-1881, Edgar Degas

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La Danse, 1868, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
View of Paris through the Orsay Clock Window
Narcisse, 1867, Paul Dubois and view of the central alley

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La jeune Tarentine, 1872, Alexandre Schoenewerk
Child with Cat, 1887, Pierre Auguste Renoir
Water Mirror, 1894-1908, Johan Axel Gustav Acke
Nymphéas bleus, 1916-1919, Claude Monet
Portrait de l’artiste, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh
Small Dancer Aged 14, 1865-1881, Edgar Degas

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Sculpture on the mantelpiece in the Ballroom
Sirène, 1889, Denys Puech
La Pensée, ca 1895, Auguts Rodin

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La rêveuse, ca 1876, James Tissot
Nu rose, tête ombrée, ca 1919, Pierre Bonnard
Woman in her bath, 1867, Albert Stevens
Les deux soeurs, 1863, James Tissot
L’odalisque allongée, ca 1870, Benjamin-Constant
La Nuit, 1897, Henri Fantin-Latour

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La chambre de Van Gogh à Arles, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh
Mademoiselle Gachet dans son jardin à Auvers-sur-Oise, ca 1890, Vincent Van Gogh
La méridienne, 1889-1890, Vincent Van Gogh
La nuit étoilée, 1888, Vincent Van Gogh
Portrait de l’artiste, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh
L’église d’Auvers-sur-Oise, vue du chevet, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh

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Vairumati, 1897, Paul Gauguin
Solitude, 1893, Thomas Harrison
Arearea (Joyousness), 1892, Paul Gauguin
Les Iles d’Or, 1891-1892, Henri-Edmond Cross
La Femme Aux Gants, 1890, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Bords de rivière, la Seine à Herblay, 1889, Paul Signac

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Arï Redon with Sailor Collar, ca 1897, Odilon Redon
Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, 1862-1863,  Édouard Manet
Still-Life with Chrysanthemums. 1897, Claude Monet
Le Sahara, 1867, Gustave Guillaumet
Campaign of France, 1814, Ernest Meissonier
Eléphants d’Afrique, before 1867, Charles Emile de Tournemine

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Essai de figure en plein-air : Femme à l’ombrelle tournée vers la gauche, 1886, Claude Monet
En norvégienne, 1887, Claude Monet
Essai de figure en plein-air : Femme à l’ombrelle tournée vers la droite, 1886, Claude Monet
Chasse aux papillons, 1874, Berthe Monsot
La Seine à Suresnes, 1877, Alfred Sisley
Le repos au bord du ruisseau. Lisière de bois, 1878, Alfred Sisley

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Le jardin de l’artiste à Giverny, 1900, Claude Monet
Nymphéas bleus, 1916-1919, Claude Monet
Le bassin aux nymphéas, harmonie verte, 1889, Claude Monet
La Seine à Vétheuil, effet de soleil après la pluie, 1879, Claude Monet
La bergère, 1881, Camille Pisaro
Vase de fleurs, 1873, Henri Fantin-Latour

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Le repos au bord du ruisseau. Lisière de bois, 1878, Alfred Sisley
Londres, le Parlement. Trouée de soleil dans le brouillard, 1904, Claude Monet
La Seine à Suresnes, 1877, Alfred Sisley
Still-Life with Chrysanthemums. 1897, Claude Monet
La nuit étoilée, 1888, Vincent Van Gogh
Woman in the Orchard, 1882, Camille Pissarro


Musée Rodin, Paris, Île-de-France, France

François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known as Auguste , was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition, although he was never accepted into Paris’s foremost school of art. Sculpturally, Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay. Many of his most notable sculptures were roundly criticized during his lifetime. They clashed with predominant figurative sculpture traditions, in which works were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic. Rodin’s most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, modeled the human body with realism, and celebrated individual character and physicality. Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work, but refused to change his style. Successive works brought increasing favour from the government and the artistic community.

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Signature of Auguste Rodin
Young Girl with Roses on her Hat , 1865
Portrait of Rodin, 1882, Alphonse Legros

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Bellona, 1879
Paolo and Francesca in the clouds, 1904-1905, in front of Nude in the Sunlight, ca 1880, Auguste Renoir
Study for Le Monument aux Bourgeois de Calais, 1889

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She who was the helmetmaker’s once-beautiful wife, 1887
Eternal Springtime, ca 1884
The Age of Bronze. 1877

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The Thinker, 1903

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The Kiss, ca 1882

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Eve, 1881
La Centauresse, ca 1887
Study, ca 1888

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Two Hands, ca 1909

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Draped Torso of the Age of Bronze. ca 1895-1896
Hand of God, 1896
The Bendedictions, 1894

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The Age of Maturity or Destiny or the Path of Life or fatality, 1899

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Mother and Child

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Detail of sculpture in the garden
The Kiss, ca 1882
Detail of sculpture of angel
Detail of sculpture of face of young boy
Farewell, ca 1898
Young Girl with Roses on her Hat , 1865

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Garden at the Rodin Museum

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Sculptures in the gardens of the Rodin Museum

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Sculptures in the gardens of the Rodin Museum


Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Notre-Dame de Paris is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The Notre-Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress. The building was not originally designed to include the flying buttresses around the choir and nave but after the construction began, the thinner walls grew ever higher and stress fractures began to occur as the walls pushed outward. In response, the cathedral’s architects built supports around the outside walls, and later additions continued the pattern. Many small individually crafted statues were placed around the outside to serve as column supports and water spouts. Among these are the famous gargoyles, designed for water run-off, and chimeras. The statues were originally colored as was most of the exterior. The paint has worn off. The cathedral was complete by 1345.

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Portail du Jugement Dernier, illustrating Christ the Judge and Archangel Michael directing the righteous to heaven and the damned to hell
Frontal view from the Parvis Notre Dame
Portail de Sainte-Anne, depicting  the story of the Virgin’s parents, the Annunciation, and Nativity of Christ

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Portail du Jugement Dernier

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Gallery of Kings, with 28 figures of French Kings, and a statue of the Virgin with Child between two angels in front of a large rose

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Statue of Carolus Magnus on the Parvis Notre Dame
View from the Rue de Cloitre
Statue of the Virgin with Child between two angels in front of a large rose

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Details of the entrance portals

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The 12 Apostles near the spire
Cross on the East side of Notre Dame
The 12 Apostles near the spire
Water sprite along the Rue de Cloitre
Angel on the Fountain of the Virgin in the Place Jean XXIII

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Candles burning in the cathedral

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The spire viewed from Promenade Maurice Careme
The 12 Apostles near the spire
West facade viewed from Le Petit Pont

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Belltowers viewed from Promenade Maurice Careme
Fountain of the Virgin and the butresses viewed from Place Jean XXIII
The spire of the cathedral

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View of the cathedral from Promenade Maurice Careme

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Central nave of Notre Dame
South Rose window
Devotive candles in from of picture of Jesus on the cross

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Wooden Relief Depicting the Stories of Christ

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Mother and child statue
Portail de la Vierge showing the Assumption of the Virgin and Ark of the Covenant
Mother and child statue