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The Musée d’Orsay building is quite unusual and could be called the museum’s first piece of art.  It was originally constructed as a railway station for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. It has a beautiful arched glass roof with art deco decorations. That alone was stunning. The Musée houses a collection of art from 1848 to 1914, the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist periods. Some Impressionists names you might recognize are, Degas, Renoir and Monet. Post-Impressionists you might have heard of are Van Gogh and Gauguin.

We were not allowed to take pictures in the museum so we only have two.

We were fortunate enough to see the Degas special exhibit. Even though everything was beautiful beyond words, very memorable was a little sketch book about 7″ by 5″. It was in a glass case and contained ink sketches made by Degas that he drew to help him remember a figure he was planning to paint. It was so amazing, no matter where you had seen this little book of sketches, or where you might have looked at it you would always know it was Degas.

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