My visit to the Musee d’Orsay was a completely different experience from my time at the Louvre. At the d’Orsay, I saw lots more quiet contemplation of the art (Renoir, Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and more)…. and far fewer selfies!
I was filled with awe as I explored the Van Gogh room, and completely taken aback when I came to the painting of Van Gogh’s bedroom…. it actually took my breath away for a moment and even brought tears to my eyes. This was a complete surprise as it’s not even one of my favorite paintings of his! Maybe it was the culmination of seeing so much of Van Gogh’s work in one place, or maybe it was the atmosphere of awe and reverence by the other viewers, but it really got to me. I’ve never had such a strong reaction to a painting.
While I loved visiting the Louvre and feel so blessed to have had that opportunity, it felt very crowded and “touristy” to me. Was it just that day and the particular crowd that was there? Who knows, but for me, I found the Musee d’Orsay to be a far more enjoyable place to experience great art.
Now, if only we could inspire future generations to find more wonder in the art itself than they do in taking selfies with it!