Artist Date: Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Jul 15, 2018 / Photography / artist dates / museums / travel

This is the second of three articles that I’m writing about Paris when I was there at the end of June. This post is about Musee D’Orsay, which I think is one of the most beautiful museums I’ve ever been in. It used to be a train station. I love how spacious and airy it is.

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Mus̩e d'Orsay, Paris.. NULL

What Works Did I Love?

I loved Van Gogh’s work. I loved his brushwork and the kinetic energy in his work. I especially loved this piece.

Starry Night Over the Rhine, Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Night Over the Rhine, Vincent Van Gogh.

Of course, there are stars in them.

And this one has stars too:

Sous les Ì©toiles, Kristjan Raud
Sous les Ì©toiles, Kristjan Raud. Under the Stars

Does It Look Like Cyanotype?

I’m always on a lookout for images that remind me of cyanotype. I always ask myself, äóìcould this be printed as a cyanotype? What would that look like?äóù I’m always looking for inspiration.

These images remind me of cyanotype.

LITHUANIAN CEMETERY, 1909, Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis
LITHUANIAN CEMETERY, 1909, Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis . NULL

Peupliers, 1904, Johan Walter
Peupliers, 1904, Johan Walter. NULL

View from Outside

One great thing about Musee D’Orsay is a cafe on the top floor where you could go outside and just sit. The museum overlooks the Seine. That’s the Louvre in the distance.

View from Cafe in Musee D
View from Cafe in Musee D'Orsay. NULL

After grabbing lunch at this cafe, I went back and explored the art some more.

Egalit̩ devant la mort, 1848, William Bouguereau
Egalit̩ devant la mort, 1848, William Bouguereau . Equality before Death

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Overall, I spent about 5 hours there before jet lag claimed me (it was my first day from the US). I really really had to sleep.

I see a recurring theme in images I like: sleeping, dreams, angels. If you saw my video post on the Louvre, the last image was of angels.

Diane et Endymion, Jean-Bruno Gassies
Diane et Endymion, Jean-Bruno Gassies. At the Louvre Museum.

I loved my visit at the Musee D’Orsay. I filed away ideas that I may be able to use in the future.

About the Author

Jonah Calinawan

Hello! I’m Jonah Calinawan, an accountant, artist, and mythologist. I create cyanotype art that makes you think and feeds the soul and write about the quest for a meaningful life through art and mythology.

On August 6, 2020, a night-time dream led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Mythology with a special emphasis on Depth Psychology. I don’t know how grad school connects to my art and writing, but I’m willing to find out. Subscribe for updates.

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