Things to Do in Paris
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For every classic work of art at The Louvre (just across the nearby bridge), the Musée Dorsay has one from the world’s greatest modern artists. Well, not one to one exactly (there are few galleries with as many pieces as The Louvre), but a vast collection.
Compared to the relative seriousness of The Louvre, the Musée Dorsay is light and bright, with airy, spacious galleries, a more modern mood than its classical counterpart. This sensibility makes for a less serious art appreciation experience, and tends to be favoured by the young. Monet’s gardens, Degas’s ballerinas; all a more upbeat beauty than pre-20th century subjects.
Spread over three floors are the Dorsay’s Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections, including the international modernist works of Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Paul Gaugin, Eugène Delacroix, Edouard Manet and Vincent Van Gogh. There is another art museum in Paris dedicated to Monet, but many of his great, famous works are hung here in the stunning Musée Dorsay.