The Musée d'Orsay
This art gallery, housed in a former train station on the banks of the river Seine, is one of Paris' most popular - and with good reason. It houses an outstanding collection of 19th-century French art, including sublime sculptures and the masterpieces of the Impressionists. Scroll on and use the click-and-drag function to discover some of the treasures of its collection.
1. The Four Parts of the World Holding the Celestial Sphere
Romans of the Decadence (1847) by Thomas CoutureHarvard Art Museums
The painting is rich with details of debauchery.
3. Maison du Jouir
This carved wooden panel was mounted around the door of Paul Gauguin's Maison du jouir, or House of Pleasure, which he had built in Atuona on the Marquesas island of Hiva-Oa. Gauguin's desire for what he saw as 'primitive art' may now be controversial, but was very influential.
The siesta (after Millet) (1890) by Vincent van GoghMusée d’Orsay, Paris
The study after Millet is an idyllic pastoral scene, done in luscious gold.
Luncheon on the Grass (1863) by Edouard ManetMusée d’Orsay, Paris
Manet's painting caused a scandal when first exhibited in the Paris Salon des Refusés in 1863, an alternative exhibition set up by those deemed too radical for the mainstream annual Salon. It became one of the most influential works of art ever, inspiring Picasso and many more.
6. The architecture
One thing you can't miss here is the architecture. The coming together of 19th-century splendour and modern machine-inspired forms is perhaps unique amongst French Museums. Keep an eye out for features like this original railway clock!
Colorful Toilets (2012) by ChiotUnderground Paris