Musée d’Orsay

It’s a while since I’ve been able to see Gae Aulenti’s grand and slightly camp conversion of the Gare d’Orsay which opened in 1986 and caused consternation because of its relegation of the Impressionists into the attics and reinstatement of the French academic tradition:-

What I’d forgotten, or may not previously have seen are the decks of French nineteenth-century decorative arts on the first floor. This is a bust of the Comtesse de Béarn by Emile Gallé:-

A Virgin by Eugène Delaplanche:-

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