Yet another example of Parisian metamorphosis, this building was originally a palace and subsequently a hotel and railway station. Now it is a rewarding, accessie museum of the fine and applied arts, 1848-1914.
Ground floor : to the right of a central sculpture passage are paintings by Ingres, Gérôme, Delacroix, and the academics of the period. Symbolism is represented by Puvis de Chavannes and Gustave Moreau, along with early works by Degas.
The galleries on the other side present the pre-1870 teething days of Impressionism in Manet‘s superb Olympia, Le Balcon, and Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, Bazille, Renoir, Fantin Latour, Whistler’s La Mère, and several seminal works by Monet.
Toward the front of this floor are grouped realist works.
Tof floor : to follow the collection chronologically, go straight to the flop floor using the front escalators. Here you move into the Ecole de Pont-Aven (Gaugin, Emile Bernard, Sérusier), the Nabis, the mysterious world evoked in Odilon Redon’s pastels, Toulouse-Lautrec… Then starts the heart of the Impressionist collection, devoted to
Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir…
Middle level : overlooking the entrance below, the middle level concentrates on the sculpture and painting of the late 19th century until 1914.
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