Thursday, August 16, 2007

Musée d'Orsay and Musée d'Art Moderne

We Started the day here at the Musée d'Orsay. We walked down there, so we don't lose our walkin' muscles. This museum is housed in an old train station.Not some crummy old station they had laying around, but this big beautiful building...
We marched up to the fifth floor to get started at the top and work our way down. There are a lot of well-known paintings here, what a treat. Whistler's Mother here. This is a Very Large Painting.
Ahh, Degas. The Dancers...what is not to like? Here Caroline tells Miles what is going on.

Monet...I used to have this picture in my room.
Lots of famous paintings here. Here is this one, Renoir:
And this one, by this guy:
So pretty.
Had lunch out on the balcony overlooking the city. Nice View of Sacre Couer here:

By these really big statues...
Went back in and saw more great paintings, here are some more I like.

Oooooooo, a turnip! Caroline loved this.
Next floor was the Art Deco section.
Guimard designed the original Métro signs--Miles is positively obsessed with the metro, so he was pretty psyched that this made it into the art museum.Nick was really into these giant brass figure sculptures by Camille Claudel. She was one of Rodin's lovers and protegees, and I read that she was kind of depressed and destroyed a lot of her own work.
OK, we finished up there, and headed over to Georges Pompidou Center, where there is a fantastic Modern Art Museum. Miles has been wanting to come here for a long time. Here is a cool sculpture:

Some of our favorite paintings:
Matisse, can't go wrong...

This wire sculpture is the size of a real person (Rosie take note)
Miles loves kinetic sculpture and really wondered why none of the things were able to move.

This was a wacky installation called Jardin Hiver, which was a big cave you go in, and it looks like this.:

Here is a statue/fountain(?) outside the Pompidou Center, which we decided was the first place trophy in the flower planting contest. We think Grandma in California should have won this.

Of course it rained at some point today, but then the clouds broke, and God started coming down to say howdy to the Eiffel Tower....Art is great, but here is the best photo of the day. This was not really staged if you can believe that.

I do not know if it is a medical condition, but if it is possible to have Hyper-Museumitis, I have for sure got it.

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