Yesterday we visited The Louvre. After standing in line for 1 1/2 hours we secured our tickets and headed directly to our favorite collection.
Lucky for us our favorites are not near the Mona Lisa or other masterpieces or ancient art. We love the 19th and 20th centuries, which limits our viewing at The Louvre since any art from about 1880 to the present has been sent to The Orsay Museum or Pompidou Centre. However, there is one notable exception.
Helene and Victor Lyon donated their collection to The Louvre with the stipulation that it remain together. They loved impressionist art, so this collection has some fantastic works that would usually be seen at The Orsay. Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Toulouse Lautrec are represented as well as many others. We always make this our first stop at The Louvre and were not disappointed. This collection is found on the second floor of the Sully wing for those visiting in the future.
After thoroughly soaking in the Lyon collection we backtracked into the 19th century French paintings. We particularly like many of the Barbizons and found lots to draw our attention. There are many more from Theodore Rouseau, whom we had fallen in love with in London. A surprise find was Theodore Chasseriau. His works stand out among his contemporaries with impressionist and abstract lines. What a nice find!
It was time for tea and croissants. We chatted with a friendly woman from Adelaide, Australia. Her son soon joined us. She had come to Europe on business and stayed to do some touring accompanied by her son. They love art so we had much to share. While in Florence for the business conference they were treated to a banquet with David in the Academia Gallerie. Wow! We’re so sorry we didn’t get their names and contact info.
We walked toward the Tuilleries and found a lovely small garden filled with Aristide Maillol sculptures. He is one of our favorite artists and his sculptures are wonderful. We didn’t know about this garden and felt quite lucky to have stumbled upon more of his work.
A walk along The Seine took us to the bus ride home. Along the way we checked out the Paris Plage 2013.
JP had prepared a wonderful dinner of sesame noodles with vegetables, and chicken. As has become our habit we stuffed ourselves on his cooking. What can I say? I love to eat good food.