Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Video: Vincent van Gogh at the Musée d'Orsay

Following yesterday's post about the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, today I'm highlighting my video of the room containing 18 Van Gogh paintings in the Musée d'Orsay (usual YouTube /
watch in HD).

Self-Portrait (1889) by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
H. 65; W. 54.5 cm, Oil on canvas

photo coyright Katherine Tyrrell

Like Rembrandt and Goya, Vincent van Gogh often used himself as a model; he produced over forty-three self-portraits, paintings or drawings in ten years.
It's certainly an experience to be in a room with quite so many Van Goghs. You'll note from the video that it's very crowded. However, that's what all the rooms are like on the top floor where the late nineteenth century and Impressionist paintings are displayed. However people always like to linger in the Van Gogh room.......

Some of the more important paintings by Vincent Van Gogh which can seen in the video are listed below. The museum highlights and explains these paintings on its website. The hyperlink is to the page where you can read more about that painting.
Thatched Cottages at Cordeville, Auvers-sur-Oise (1890) by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
H. 73; W. 92 cm, Oil on canvas
photo coyright Katherine Tyrrell

Visiting the Musée d'Orsay: If you want to see the paintings in the Musée d'Orsay with rather fewer people, try and visit very early, very late or during lunchtime. I guess there must be a 'less popular' day for visitors but I don't have a clue as to which it is. (Does anybody else know?) We were visiting the day after it had been closed for a day (which happens every week - on Mondays) and I rather suspect Tuesday might be a busy day.

You should also note that queues for tickets can be long in the middle of the day.

More information: you can find out more about the museum or Vincent Van Gogh by clicking on the links to videos and information below.

Note: This video is shakier than I would have liked. I'm going to have to practice shooting videos while walking in a very crowded room where I'm trying to focus on the paintings and avoid getting in people's faces or having their faces on the video. Any tips?


Paris Art Museums - my other videos on YouTube
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