Painting: Musee D’Orsay

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The history of painting between 1848 and 1914 through one of the most beautiful collections of pictures in the world. Published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the museum at the start of 2012, the volume presents 300 works in an order that is both chronological and thematic, thereby offering a comprehensive overview of the history of painting of the period, with the didactic intent of rendering it accessible to the widest possible public. Built up over time through purchases by the state, donations and bequests from artists, collectors, and patrons, and also thanks to an active acquisitions policy, the Musée d’Orsay’s collection of pictures today constitutes an exceptional holding represented by the greatest names and schools of painting between 1848 and 1914, such as symbolism (Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes, Redon), realism (Courbet, Fantin-Latour), the Barbizon school (Corot, Millet, Rousseau), impressionism (Caillebotte, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley), post impressionism (Seurat, Gauguin, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec), and the Nabis (Bonnard, Denis, Vuillard). For its new hanging in the picture galleries, the Musée d’Orsay is highlighting its extraordinary masterpieces to offer the public an increasingly complete yet fresh survey of that fruitful and varied era, one of the most creative and abundant in the history of art.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Skira (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8857212467
  • ISBN-13: 978-8857212463
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds

Customer Reviews


27 people found this helpful.
 on January 10, 2013
By All things kitchen
To my knowledge this is the best recent book on the paintings in the D’Orsay. Finally a a good catalogue with excellent plates of all the paintings in this wonderful museum. Unlike many of it’s predecessors including many of the books offered in the museums gift shop this new book on The D’orsay is comprehensive with very high quality color balanced reproductions of all the paintings.I know the works in this museum quite well and I can say with confidence this is the first book I have seen in 20 years of looking that represents beautifully the extraordinary paintings this museum has to offer.

This Book is Spectacular!

8 people found this helpful.
 on July 25, 2013
By JavaGuy
I purchased this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend who is an artist and has been to the Musee d’Orsay. It has one of her most favorite paintings, which was missing in another book she had looked at of the Musee d’Orsay. After having read the reviews, I decided to take a chance and order this book. I did not regret it. Not only are the pages thick and high quality, but the reprints are as good as you will get for reproductions. The only way to get better is the originals. Just to illustrate this, my girlfriend was slowly leafing through and she made a comment that you can even see the cracks in the paint. If you are looking for a book on this museum and you can only get one, this would be the one you would want to get.


 on February 24, 2016
By Amy N.
After visiting d’Orsay, this is the only book that will do your memories justice. Beautiful, vivid colors to the prints compared to others I’ve seen. Bound well, and actually has great written content as well.

A beautiful book…

 on July 24, 2016
By Desert Diva
We just returned from Paris, and a visit to the Musee D’Orsay. This book has it all. The color and content are terrific.

Next best thing to being there.

11 people found this helpful.
 on August 9, 2013
By Patrick C.
I first became aware of this book at the Musee d’Orsay while roaming the bookstore…but the text was in French, so I resisted buying it. But I did spend 20 minutes or so looking through the book after having spent hours walking through the museum. When I came home, I was sorry that I had not bought the book so I took a chance and looked for it on Amazon…much to my delight, there was an English version.

Five Stars

 on March 8, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Perfect memento from a lovely day at the d’Orsay.

Terrific book.

 on May 27, 2016
By Anonymous
Terrific book.

My favourite Art Museum

 on May 12, 2014
By shannon
A wonderful present from my wife to remind me of our trip to Paris and the afternoon at the Musee’ d’Orsay. Fantastic book.

Wife loved it.

 on January 26, 2014
By Howard Ellsworth
It was a Christmas present for my wife and she loved it. What more can I say. Too many words required for this review.


 on January 22, 2014
By Brad E. Moore
The reproductions are good, the one nice thing is there are none of them on the fold, which is great!

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