Treasures of the Musee d'Orsay

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"The train station is superb, and it looks like a palace of fine arts," commented the painter Édouard Detaille at the inauguration of the Orsay Station in 1900. Erected on the former estate of Queen Margot, at the site where Napoléon I had the Cour des comptes (Court of Auditors) built, the station designed by Victor Laloux was paradoxical: its metal and glass architecture was covered with stone and decorated with arcades and statues to fit in better with the Louvre on the other side of the Seine. Eighty-six years after its opening, the station
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"The train station is superb, and it looks like a palace of fine arts," commented the painter Édouard Detaille at the inauguration of the Orsay Station in 1900. Erected on the former estate of Queen Margot, at the site where Napoléon I had the Cour des comptes (Court of Auditors) built, the station designed by Victor Laloux was paradoxical: its metal and glass architecture was covered with stone and decorated with arcades and statues to fit in better with the Louvre on the other side of the Seine. Eighty-six years after its opening, the station finally became a palace of fine arts—as the Orsay Museum.

This lavish volume tells the history of the Orsay Museum, its collections, and its illustrious donors. Central to the book, however, are the masterpieces on exhibit at the museum: the painting, sculpture, photography, and decorative arts that tell the story of the artistic and cultural developments that arose in France between the Second Empire and the Third Republic. From the Romanticism of Delacroix to Courbet's Realism, and from the landscapes of the Barbizon painters to the Symbolism of Burne-Jones, Redon, and Rodin, to the extraordinary Impressionist movement when artists such as Manet, Monet, and Renoir paved the way for the pioneers of modern art, this era formed the artistic sensibility of the entire twentieth century.

With incisive commentary and more than 140 full-color images of the masterpieces on exhibit, Treasures of the Musée d'Orsay is a rich compendium of this magnificent museum—and of a revolutionary era in the history of art.

A sumptuous collection of more than half a century of artistic creation, Treasures of the Musée d'Orsay explores:

  • The lavish collections of painting, sculpture, photography, and decorative arts housed within the museum
  • The artistic and cultural transitions occurring in France between 1848 and 1914
  • The history of the Orsay Station, the site, and the architecture
  • The origins of the Orsay Museum, including its history, donors, and inauguration in 1986

About the Author:
Alain Nave has contributed to the publication of several important art books. In particular, he has provided the French publishing world with such works as L'Effet Arcimboldo, Futurisme et Futurismes, and Jean Tinguely, among others. He works with several cultural institutions as a teacher and editor. He has also written Treasures of the Louvre, published by Barnes & Noble Books.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760720899
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 142

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