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During our 5-5.5 hour Musée d’Orsay and Montmartre combo tour, you’ll get a hands-on look into the world of the Impressionists! Enjoy a personalized journey through this fascinating period in Parisian and art history.
At the Musée d’Orsay, your private guide will take you through this repurposed train station—built for the 1900 World Fair—that now showcases the best of Impressionist art. Here, you’ll learn about the artistic upheavals and innovative techniques that gave rise to Impressionism, from Millet’s “The Gleaners” and Manet’s scandalous “Luncheon on the Grass” to Renoir’s joyful “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette” and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.
Afterwards, you’ll take a step back into Paris during the 19th century Belle Époque period, when the cancan was electrifying cabarets and artists were sipping absinthe in all-night cafes. You’ll start at the Moulin Rouge, and discuss why and how this neighborhood became the home of Impressionism, and end at the gleaming-white Sacré Coeur, with its exceptional view of the city.
Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)
Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass”
Renoir’s “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette”
The largest collection of Monet paintings, including the Water Lilies series
Moulin Rouge, where you can still catch shows
Sacré Coeur cathedral, with time to explore the interior
Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles