Duration: 3 hours
Group Size: 6 max
Refund up to 48h
- Skip-the-line tickets (valid the whole day of the tour)
- Comprehensive overview of the French art of the 19th century, including the must-sees of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
- Captivating insights into the daily life and personalities of iconic French artists
The Orsay museum (Musée d’Orsay), installed in the former train station built in 1900, a stunning construction of glass and iron, houses the most significant collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world. This comprehensive private tour goes beyond the obvious and explores French modern art of the 19th and early 20th centuries as a whole. While the Impressionism will be our major focus of interest, we’ll put it into perspective and find out how the most criticized school of art became one of the most popular today. You’ll discover it from its beginnings to its posterity, and its years of triumph in between.
About the tour
The adventure begins with names and trends against which the Impressionists would later measure themselves, and who paved the way for the Impressionist revolution. Starting with the Classicism of Jean-Dominique Ingres and the Romanticism of Eugene Delacroix, we’ll move on to the Realism of Gustave Courbet or Jean-François Millet, to the landscapes of the Barbizon school, and to undefinable paintings of Edouard Manet—the different flavors of scandal on the French art scene in the mid-19th century.
Then come the big names: Claude Monet, Frédéric Bazille, Auguste Renoir, Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Caillebotte, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro … We’ll explore the Post-Impressionism with Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, or the Nabis.
Musée d’Orsay also features a wide array of magnificent sculptures, including works by August Clésinger, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and Auguste Rodin.
We’ll slip into the privacy of the artists’ studios, follow them through their everyday lives, and get to the very heart of their works in order to understand what contributed to their resounding international fame and their impact on modern art. The social and economic turmoil of their era will serve as the backdrop for our exploration of artistic innovation.
Where is the meeting point?
We will email you the meeting point and other details of the tour upon booking.
Is the tour suitable for young children / seniors / turbulent teenagers / guests with disabilities?
This tour is recommended for guests over 12 y.o.
It is wheelchair-accessible; please let us know about your mobility needs when booking. Wheelchairs and folding chairs can be borrowed with your ID.
Large prams and baby carriers are not allowed in the museum, but pushchairs can be borrowed.
I have particular interests and/or special needs. Can this tour be customized?
Yes. Please contact us, and we will be happy to come up with a tailor-made solution for you.
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