The outside itself is worth coming to the place : a large and beautiful mansion house, XIX century style, built by the architect Henri Parent.
The Jacquemart-André museum was named after its owners : Edouard André (1833-1894) and Nélie Jacquemart (1841-1912). It’s was the couple ‘s private home.
THE MUSEUM :
a grand and gorgeous 19th residence.and a wonderful collection of Italian art.
The Museum display the art they collected during their lives. Thus, they devoted a considerable fortune to buying works of art especially in Italy where they use to go frequently.
Though it’s in France and it gathers mainly Italian art, I felt during all my visit a type of British touch in the air… Strange.
an exquisite place to have a break, a meal or a 5 o’clock tea
I had a very nice break in the café which is located inside the museum. Such an exquisite place…! I loved it as much as the welcoming and the food. It’s not a restaurant run by a great chef, but the food is really nice. If you are vegetarian, you’ll surely be pleased too. And a great choice of delicious pastries.
I enjoyed being in such a beautiful and luxurious as intimate and relaxing place.
My advice :
You’ll surely enjoy this place. And don’t miss the Café/restaurant which is really worth it. It’s gorgeous.
If you come when the weather’s fine, experience the terrace of the Café.
If you plan to go the “Printemps” department store (either for shopping or for the view over Paris from the rooftop), you can plan the 2 visits on the same day : the Museum Jacquemart André is about 20 minutes on foot from Le Printemps department store (on the same Boulevard Haussmann).
Practical informations :
Museum : 7/7
L – V : 11.45 am – 17.30 pm (L : 7pm) Sat.and Sunday : 11 am to 3 pm
158 bd Haussmann – Paris 8 Metro stops : St Augustin; Miromesnil; St Philippe du Roule
(Le Printemps department store : 64, boulevard Haussmann – Paris 9)
Let Paris become “your Paris”, the time of your stay !
Visit Paris, with Ann Jeanne in Paris, native Parisian :
You’d like to feel like a local and having a tour in a Paris neighborhood, but you don’t feel having a tour with a group ?
You’d like to discover Paris off the beaten path and get a real feel of an authentic Paris ?
You’d like to see Paris in another perspective and to know more about Paris and Parisians?
I’d be delighted to welcome you and share with you “my” Paris. And Paris will become “your” city too 🙂
The tours are private (with you only or you and the person you choose), at your pace.
Musée d’Orsay : a real must-see (2 videos below, on this page)
Not only a great museum, but a great building too. The building itself is worth a visit.
The Musée d’Orsay is located on the left bank of the river Seine, in the 7th arrondissement (= district) of Paris.
It shows the arts of the period from 1848 to 1914 (it picks up where the Louvre ends) : paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography. It’s the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art work from the period 1848 – 1904
The collections :
The museum exhibits impressionist and post impressionist collections and let a lot of space to the earlier Realists. Also temporary exhibitions
The impressionist and post impressionist paintings include works by Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh….
The French impressionists : the great revolution of the 19th century, began in Paris in the 1860s. The artists started to break with the academic values of the past.
Impression (1872) – Monet
The Impressionist movement has no founder though Manet and Courbet inspired many of the younger artists. However, one says that the name “Impressionism” comes from a painting by Claude Monet : “Impression” (= “Sunrise »), a view from Le Havre in the mist from 1872.
The impressionist artists aimed to capture the impression of what the eye sees at a given moment. Their favourite subjects were : landscapes, and scenes from the urban life.
The leading neo-Impressionist was Georges Seurat.
“Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” – 1863 – Edouard Manet
It took later generations to fully appreciate the work of the Impressionists. In 1863, Manet’s “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” was rejected by the officiel salon of that year. Cezanne was rejected all his life. Degas sold only one painting to a museum an dSisley died unknown. Only Renoir and Monet were ever acclaimed in their lifetimes.
Ground floor :all paintings prior to 1870 : Degas before 1870, first Monet’s paintings, Toulouse, Lautrec, Cezanne, Manet, Courbet…
The museum central aisle : an assorted selection of sculptures of the middle of the 19th century.. and a copy of the Statue of Liberty.
Level 2 : Gauguin and Van Gogh (number 70,71,72 rooms) …
Level 5 : the collection of impressionist art (Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Pissaro, Sisley…)—————————————————————
A quick visit of The Orsay Museum before you come !
ORSAY : The story of an old railway station
Orsay train station, built in 1900
The museum building was originally a 19th railway station called “Orléans station” after the name of the city of Orléans. The trains were going from Paris to the city of Orléans. It was built between 1898 and 1900. The railway station closed late 19th century. It reopened as the Musée d’Orsay in 1986.
Gaetana Olenti, architect
The Italian architect Gaetana Aulenti (1927 – 2012), reinvented the Orleans train station, She was a defiant figure in a field dominated by men, one of 2 women to graduate in the class of 1954, of the Milan Polytechnic School of Architecture. “…She’ll be remembered for the audacity of her vision.” (The New York Times)—–—————————————————
A 1 minute video, to know more about Orsay museum amazing story :
Practical details :
Address : 1 rue de la Légion d’honneur. +33 (0) 1 40 49 48 14
Opening time : 9.30 am – 6pm Tues-Sun (9.45pm on Thursdays) Closed on Mondays, on 5/01 and on 12/25 – Last ticket sold 1 hour before closing.
You can take photos inside the museum (but with no flash) – A great news for all the photographers !
Le restaurant” on the 1st floor
Audioguides are available in English (and in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japonese, Chinese and Russian for 5 euros
2 restaurants : Ground floor, level 1 (« The restaurant ») and Level 5 (Café Campana)
and a café (“Café de L’ours” : for a light lunch – at the ground floor )
One of the restaurants called “Le restaurant” is located on the 1st floor. It’s the former restaurant of the Hôtel d’Orsay (which was a part of the Orléans (=Orsay) train station. It is still as it was when it opened in 1900 and is listed as a Historic Monument.
Combined tickets with Musée Rodin also available (18 euros)
No entry fee on the First Sunday of each month.
-18s : free
My advice :
A real must-see on your visit to Paris especially if you are an impressionist art lover. A gem. The architecture is beautiful and the building itself is worth seeing. I love it. But the collection of impressionist and neo impressionist art is fantastic. This is one of my favorite museums in Paris. This museum may be your favorite in Paris !! Don’t miss it.
Choose to visit the Musée d’Orsay at opening time. (for a more peaceful visit). The crowd and the queues can be quite large. Better not choose a weekend day.
Prepare your visit before you come : look at the map of the museum and choose the artists and paintings you want to see first. Allow a minimum of 2 hours for your visit, A whole morning or afternoon is better. but you could easily spend an entire day looking at everything !My advice would be to start visiting the 5th floor.Don’t miss the 5th floor where the most famous works are located
Important : buy your tickets on line It’s highly recommended. Sometimes if you’ven’t got a ticket, you may wait more than one hour.
Don’t miss the several giants clocks which are wonderful and very impressive (at the ground floor – a golden huge clock and at the level 5 – a glass clocks)
Also a great view over central Paris from the level 5‘ : from the terrace and through the large glass clock !. But this winter (2016) it had to be seen though the museum’s windows (terrace not opened)
Other paintings by Monet are exhibited in Paris or nearby Paris : at Musée Marmottan Monet (in Paris), Orangerie Museum (in Paris) and Giverny (located 75 km west from Paris)
Jean-gabriel Domergue is another of my favourite painters. You can see all sorts of influences in his art : Degas Toulouse Lautrec…
Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1889 – 1962) started painting very young. In 1913, at 24, he was awarded the Second Prize of Rome. He was a family relative of Toulouse Lautrec and in the 20’s, joined him in Montmartre.
From the 20s, Jean-Gabriel Domergue was a French painter specialising in portraits of Parisian ladies. He changed the traditionnel way women were protrayed. They became airy, elegant with a swanlike neck. He painted about 3000 portraits. He became the portraitist of the French and foreign aristocracy. He was a fashion designer too.
From 1955 until 1962, he was the curator of the Musée Jacquemart-André, organizing exhibitions of the works of Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Goya and others.
More about Jean-Gabriel Domergue’s paintings : a 2.5 minutes video.