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


Montmartre, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Montmartre is a large hill in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. It is 130 metres high and gives its name to the surrounding district. Montmartre is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district. The other, older, church on the hill is Saint Pierre de Montmartre, which claims to be the location at which the Jesuit order of priests was founded. At the beginning of the twentieth century, during the Belle Époque, many artists had studios or worked in or around Montmartre, including Salvador Dalí, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh.

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Main entrance of the Sacré-Cœur along the Parvis du Sacré-Cœur with statues of King St Louis and Joan of Arc

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The Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre
Sacré-Cœur viewed from Rue St Rustique
Le Moulin de la Galette

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Sacré-Cœur from Rue de la Bonne
Sacré-Cœur from Rue Lamarck
Sacré-Cœur from Parvis du Sacré-Cœur

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Statue of Joan of Arc
Statue of St Michael
Statue of King St Louis

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Sacré-Cœur from the Parvis du Sacré-Cœur
Sacré-Cœur  and belltower from Rue de la Bonne
Statue of Joan of Arc and Sacré-Cœur from the Parvis du Sacré-Cœur

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The Apse Mosaic in the Sacré-Cœur

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Mother and child statue
Apse Mosaic in the Sacré-Cœur
Nantes statue

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Statues and sculptures around Sacré-Cœur

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Skyline of Paris viewed from the towers of Sacré-Cœur



Eifel Tower, Paris, Île-de-France, France

In 1889, Paris hosted an Exposition Universelle, World’s Fair, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the French Revolution. More than 100 artists submitted competing plans for a monument to be built on the Champ-de-Mars. When Gustave Eiffel’s company built Paris’ most recognizable monument for the 1889 World’s Fair, many regarded the massive iron structure with skepticism.

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View from Avenue Gustave Eifel

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View from Quai Branly

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View from Pont d’Iena
View from the Trocadero and The Palais de Chaillot
View from Allee Adrienne Lecouvreur

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View from Avenue Gustave Eifel
View from Avenue Gustave Eifel
Detailed view from Quai Branly


Le Louvre, Paris, Île-de-France, France

The Louvre is the world’s largest museum. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are .

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The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie remained at the Louvre for 100 years. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces. The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings.

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The Pyramid du Louvre and the Denon Wing
The Arc du triomphe du Caroussel
The Pyramid du Louvre and the Denon Wing

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The Richelieu Wing viewed from the Jardin des Tuileries
Statues along the facade of a wing of the Louvre
The Louvre near de Porte des Lion viewed from the Jardin des Tuileries

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Sculpture above the entrance from the Quai des Tuileries to the Place du Caroussel
Lamppost near the Jardin des Tuileries
Detail of the walls of the Louvre

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Peace riding a chariot on top of the Arc du Triomphe du Caroussel

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The Great Odalisque, 1814, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
La Gioconda, 1503-1506, by Leonardo da Vinci
The Astronomer, 1668, by Johannes Vermeer
Liberty Leading the People, 1830, by Eugene Delacroix
Christ at the Column, 1476-1478, by Antonio da Messina
Bathsheba at Her Bath, 1654, by Rembrandt

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Venus de Milo, or Aphrodite of Milos, 130-100BC, by Alexandros of Antioch
Winged Victory of Samothrace, 190BC
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, 1793, by Antonio Canova

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Furietti Centaurs in white marble
Mask of Mycenae
Silenus with infant Dionysus (Bacchus), 100-200AD,

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The Dying Slave, 1513, by Michelangelo Buonarotti
Greek, Roman and Egyptian statues

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Diana of Versailles
Greek sculpture

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Sleeping Hermaphroditus, 1620, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

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Galleries of sculptures
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, 1793, by Antonio Canova

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Ornate ceilings in the Louvre

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Sculptures in the Louvre Garden



Place Vendôme, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Place Vendôme is located to the north of the Tuileries Gardens. It is the starting point of the Rue de la Paix. Its regular architecture and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendôme the aspect of an octagon. The original Vendôme Column at the centre of the square was erected by Napoleon I to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz; it was torn down on 16 May 1871, but subsequently re-erected and remains a prominent feature on the square today.

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