PTO-Marc Bertrand

Paris

 

 

Paris has almost too much to offer - we really have to concentrate on themes to offer a coherent visit and one thing that sets Paris apart from any other destination is the period of the Impressionists and post-Impressionists.

 

Our own favourite, the Orangerie, offers a fabulous concentration of masterpieces from the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection, a highly original insight into modern art featuring Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo and Laurencin.  And we haven't mentioned Monet's Water Lilies 

 

But this is only the start!  The Musée d'Orsay offers further works by the great Impressionists, while a short distance out of the city, you may visit Auvers-sur-Oise, where van Gogh spent his last days.  The church is instantly recognisable from his late works.  Nearby, in the Chateau d'Auvers, the exhibition "Journey to the Time of the Impressionists" neatly brings together the artistic and technical advances that fed the Movement.

 

Further relevant visits might include the Rodin, Picasso and Dali Museums, one or both of two vast Museums of Modern Art, or for a taste of earlier art movements, the Louvre.

 

Paris may be visited by coach, by train or by air.