France, the perfect destination for art-lovers

The Louvre edwin.11/Flickr

The Louvre ©edwin.11/Flickr

France is the perfect destination for art-lovers! I am absolutely sure that you’ve heard a lot about the French artists, their worldwide famous works and the astonishing museums which house these works. Rodin, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Delacroix, Gauguin and Cézanne are just some of the most famous French artists. There are numerous art museums in France of which many are situated in the capital city. The most famous and most popular ones are: Musée du Louvre, Musée Rodin, Musée d’Orsay, Musée National d’Art Moderne and so on. If you are a lover of art, France is one of the best destinations you can choose.

Musée du Louvre

As one of the world’s largest and most famous museums, The Louvre isn’t an art museum, but there is a significant part of it which houses some of the best works of French and international artists. Housed in the Louvre Palace, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, this museum is one of the major visitor attractions of the capital city. There are numerous magnificent works exhibited here, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and others. The most famous works are the works of Leonardo da Vinci (The Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks, St John the Baptist and so on), Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, Caravaggio’s The Fortune Teller, the famous sculpture, Venus de Milo and other masterpieces. A visit to this astonishing museum is with no doubt unforgettable. The museum is open every day from 09:00 to 18:00. On Wednesday and Friday evenings it is open until 22:00. (January 2013)

The Louvre edwin.11/Flickr

The Louvre ©edwin.11/Flickr

Musée Rodin

Another popular museum of Paris is the Musée Rodin. This astonishing museum was dedicated to the famous French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. The museum is housed in two different buildings: the Hôtel Biron and the Villa des Brillants (Rodin’s old home). The museum houses the major part of Rodin’s works including The Kiss, The Thinker and other famous masterpieces. It is very popular among visitors. It can be visited every day except Mondays from 10:00 until 17:45. (January 2013)

Musee Rodin House of Hall/Flickr

Musee Rodin ©House of Hall/Flickr

Musée d’Orsay

The amazing Musée d’Orsay is also situated in Paris. Housed in the Gare d’Orsay (a former railway station), it is very popular among visitors. The major part of the collections contains works by French artists dating from 1848. The highlights of the museum are the fascinating impressionist and post-impressionist works by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin and others. You should also visit this museum if you are in Paris. The museum is open every day, except Mondays from 9:30 to 18:00. (January 2013)

Musee d’Orsay House of Hall/Flickr

Musee d’Orsay ©House of Hall/Flickr

Musée National d’Art Moderne

The National Museum of Modern Art (Musée National d’Art Moderne) can also be found on the capital city, being housed in the Centre Pompidou. If you are interested in modern art, this museum is surely a must-see attraction for you. It is open every day except Tuesdays from 11:00 until 21:00. (January 2013)

 

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