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The Orsay Museum is housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station built between at the end of the XIXth century. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography and best known for the largest in the world collection of impressionist masterpieces by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh.
Built by the architect Victor Laloux in 1900, the "Gare d'Orsay" was one of the Paris stations where trains departed to the south-west of France. Located across the Louvre on the Seine's left bank, it has been spectacularly renovated from 1977 to 1986 to house the Orsay museum. The museum architecture has been praised as a major success in industrial building renovation.
In the 1870's, "Impressionism" was a French "Avant-garde" painters group rejected by the official academy. The impressionists (among them Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Edgar Manet, Théo Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne) painted ordinary life and people on the spot and in the open air.
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How to get thereThe Orsay Museum is walking distance from the hotel Cambon in approx 15 minutes across the River Seine
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