Navigating the “new” Musée d’Orsay

On Friday, January 20th, the ladies of AWAP were led on a tour of the History of Impressionism at the Musée d’Orsay by Oriel Caine of Paris Walks. Organised by Mona van Opstal, the tour gave a brief history of impressionism and the revolutionary ideas put forth by painters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Pisarro. It  highlighted some of the radical changes adopted by this artistic movement including the representation of human figures in their daily surroundings and capturing the “modern” man in his routine activities, both in cities and in the countryside. Unfettered by the rigid traditions of studio painting, the Impressionists were among the first to venture outside to paint landscapes and cityscapes in a realistic way.

It was thrilling to witness the new re-classification of the impressionists’ artwork while revisit second floor of the Museum — now with loungers that provide you with a much wider perspective of the clock — a memorable icon of the building. Interesting and informative, we hope to have more cultural events like this where we can all increase our knowledge of the French arts so readily available in this beautiful city we all now call home.

The view from the top.