Last night was meant to be early, however, this damn French wine got the best of us. That being said, this morning was slow-going. We were out of the apartment by about 11:30, and after riding the metro and hunting for espresso, we arrived at the Musée de l’Orangerie just before 1pm. It’s located at the bottom of the Jardin des Tuilleries, which also backs onto the Louvre. It houses some great French Impressionist work, including an impressive collection of work by Cezanne, Renoir, Derain, Soutine, and Modigliano, among others. This is also the museum that has two round rooms, each with a set of four Nympheas, or Water Lilies, encircling the room.
They also had an exhibit about Claude Debussy, the composer. At first, I was surprised that he was also a painter, but it soon became apparent that it was more about his group of friends and influences, and how that affected his commissions and work. It was really interesting to see his friends, and everything, but as I’m not an avid Debussy fan, it didn’t really affect me.
That is, until I saw these three Edvard Munch sketches. I couldn’t even begin to Google my way to an identification of the three, but they were gorgeous. It was typical Munch – haunting, emotional, and heart-wrenching. One was about jealousy, one about love, and a third one that I can’t quite place. Come to think of it, the jealousy one looked similar to his painting of the same title. Maybe it was a preliminary sketch? Regardless, it was the highlight of the exhibition for me.
We finished at the Orangerie at around 2:30, and went to eat. We wandered into a place called Mucha Café, named after the Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha. Julie and I both had French onion soup – much better than in Canada, by the way.
At this point, it was 4pm, and the line to the Musée d’Orsay was too long (it closed at 6pm). We would have had an hour, tops, to see the whole thing. Our plan, as of right now, is to see a Tim Burton exhibition at the Cinémathèque Français, stop by the Pantheon, and then do the d’Orsay tomorrow afternoon.
Tonight, we went out for dinner to a karaoke bar. Being in France, I recognized none, save for maybe two songs. A lot of them seemed to be from the 60’s. One of them was this beauty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69ptYXvUo7M&ob=av2e.
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