The Paris leg of our trip is winding down, so we are hitting the museums today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday). Today we went to the Museé d’Orsay to see the permanent collection of Impressionists and other notable artwork. Getting an early start, we spent most of the day here. We were very fortunate to catch the Pierre Bonnard exhibition. Getting in way ahead of the regular line of folks, thanks to our two-day Paris Museum Pass, we went straight to the Bonnard exhibition to avoid the mass of humanity heading that way. These paintings were very interesting as was the narrative of Bonnard’s life that was interspersed among the paintings. I found Bonnard to be a bold soul, as he did at least one painting (Two Women in the Garden, Bonnard, 1923) that featured both his current paramour and future wife (Maria Boursin, aka Marthe de Méligny) and his mistress (Renée Monchaty). Sadly, his mistress committed suicide a few weeks after Bonnard was married to Marthe. After studying the Impressionists and the post-Impressionists, it seems that most painters of the day had a few character flaws. Ah, those wily Artistes!
There is a new terrace just off the 5th floor galleries, where you can get an excellent view of the Seine and the Parisian arrondissements north of the Seine all the way to Montmartre. We had an excellent day winding our way through the permanent collection of Impressionists, post-Impressionists, and other works at the Museé d’Orsay. We had an excellent lunch at the new Cafe on the upper floor and strolled back through St. Germain des Pres on our way back to the apartment. It was a very good day, but now we are looking forward to our pilgrimage to the Louvre, which you can see behind us and across the river in the selfie above that we took from the terrace at the d’Orsay, tomorrow to visit the Mona Lisa as well as other Renaissance works. We are also going to track down some Vermeers and other Flemish paintings.in the Richelieu wing. We closed out the day at the Great Canadian Pub, where we chatted with the locals while we watched the semi-final soccer match between Barcelona and the St. Germaine des Pres team (local favorites, by far). Unfortunately for the local fans, Barcelona won the match, but a good time was had by all. We walked home after the game, it was right around dusk and we caught a fingernail moon and Venus just rising over the roofline at the end of rue Jacques Callot. It was a magical ending to an excellent day.
Joe and Cyd