Travel Scans: Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris is one of my favorite places in the world. The last time I was there, we spent eight full hours and it wasn’t enough. This art museum is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a gorgeous Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The station was scheduled for demolition in the seventies for a newer hotel complex. Fortunately, that never happened.


A ceiling detail.


The famous clock.


I don’t know who did this sculpture, but I think it’s amazing. That the artist was able to make marble look like a gossamer is incredible to me.

Here’s the rest of her:


Anyone know the name of the work or the sculptor?

[I have since learned the name of the sculpture and the artist: “Le Souvenir,” 1885, Marius Jean Antonin Mercié. It is still in the Musée d’Orsay, according to sources.]

Hope your week’s going well. . . .


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16 Responses to Travel Scans: Musée d’Orsay

  1. Caroline says:

    Such beautiful photos.
    That sculpture is amazing but I have no idea who made it.
    I need to go to Paris soon and revisit the museum.

  2. Susan says:

    Fabulous sculpture!!!

  3. It’s amazing how the sculptor was able to make marble look soft and pliable. Incredible. It reminds me of a similar statue called “Veiled Vestal Virgin” which is similarly stunning.

  4. One of my many “favourite” places in Paris. Wonderful sculpture, but then again, the place is full of wonders.

  5. TBM says:

    Not sure who made it, but it is elegant. I haven’t been inside the museum yet, but I walked by it the last time I was in Paris.

  6. Lovely sculpture. I’ve never seen anything like that!

  7. Dindara Silva Galvao says:

    The sculture is:
    Le Souvenir (detail) by Marius Jean Antonin Mercié

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