Thursday, November 17, 2016

Art Gallery - Musée d'Orsay Ground Floor Opera Art

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Musée d'Orsay: Ground Floor Opera Art
Paris, France - September 2016
The Musée d'Orsay in Paris, a former railway station converted into an art museum houses many artwork built dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including MonetManetDegasRenoirSisley, and many other masters. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe.
Tip: When visiting the museum, go to the 5th Floor first as it houses art work by the impressionist.
These are the photos taken of the artwork at the museum, for presentation purposes and due to photography angle, many of these have been cropped, and edited to compensate for low lighting. It is better to visit the museum as nothing beats seeing the originals.

This blog comes in several pages. The ground floor of the museum is very large and to manage the many number of pieces on display, I have separated the Ground Floor into several sections. This page is on the art pieces (including elaborate scaled models) seen at the Opera Models Section at the ground floor; click below to navigate to other sections:
Go to Gr Flr Rear             |         Go To Gr Flr Main      |    Go to Gr Flr Balconies >


For easier orientation within the gallery, here is a floor layout plan of Level 0 (Ground Floor). The rooms are numbered from #1 to #23.

(Click here for Musee d'Orsay interactive Level 0 Floor Plan)


SCALED MODEL OF PARIS OPERA HOUSE BY CHARLES GARNIER
Side view of model of Paris Opera House by Charles Garnier.
Can scaled models of buildings be considered pieces of artwork? The intricate and detailed models of opera houses on display at the Musée d'Orsay show that they can. These models, especially the one of the Paris Opera House designed by Charles Garnier is so detailed that they show the elaborate architectural features and statues, the fresco painting on the ceiling all done very well in miniature detail. Even the workings of the stage props are shown!

A cross-section cut through the model (see top-most photo) show the craftsmanship that the artist have put into it, to replicate as much details of the architecture and artwork of the opera house. The above photo zooms to the entrance and foyer with details of the columns, ceiling, arches, stairway, and even miniatures of the statues.


Zoom into the opera hall, stage and rear guest rooms, shows how large the back-of-house (i.e. stage props, etc.) is.

The following photos show the amazing details that have been put into this model:
Corridor leading to top floor of the foyer even have miniature chandeliers and statues atop columns.


The foyer section with elaborate arches and grand staircases.


The paintings at the foyer ceiling, replica of the originals by Paul Baudry.


The Opera Seating Hall section with it's multi-tiered and stalls seating.


The beautiful ceiling fresco above the opera hall seating area.


A cross-section through the stage show elaborate drop-down prop curtains and slid in props too.


The guest-receiving section behind the stage.


Rear view of the Paris Opera House showing the intricate rear gable wall.

Below are scaled replicas of stage props used in Opera:
Model for La juive Act V opera decor: A large tent supported by Gothic columns.
Original set by Auguste Rube; pencil, ink and watercolour on cardboard model by Phillipe Chaperon.


Model for La favorite Act 1, Scene 2: Shores of Saint Leon Island.
Pencil, ink and watercolour on cardboard model by Jean-Louis Cheret.


Model for La favorite Act IV: The Cemetery.
Pencil, ink and watercolour on cardboard model by Emile Daran.


Model for La favorite Act IV: The Cemetery.
Pencil, ink and watercolour on cardboard model by Emile Daran.


Model for Henry VIII Act I opera decor.
Original set by Antoine Lavastre; pencil, ink and watercolour on cardboard model by Eugene Carpezat.


Wooden model of the stage of the Paris Opera presented at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris.


Food market model presented at the 1878 World's Fair - made from copper alloy, wood, zinc and glass.

This blog comes in several pages. The ground floor of the museum is very large and to manage the many number of pieces on display, I have separated the Ground Floor into several sections. This page is on the art pieces (including elaborate scaled models) seen at the Opera Models Section at the ground floor; click below to navigate to other sections:sections:
Go to Gr Flr Rear             |         Go To Gr Flr Main      |    Go to Gr Flr Balconies >



MUSEE d'ORSAY
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France.
Tel: +33-14049-4814
Hours: Friday to Wednesday -  9:30am to 6:00pm, Thursdays - 9:30am to 9:45pm
(Closed on Mondays & hours for Armitice Day may differ).
Webpage: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/museedorsay/
GPS: 48.85996, 2.32656
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(Click here for Google Street Rear View - entry & tickets are here)







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