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6/29/2003

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 Musee D'Orsay clock

dorsay_clock

I took this picture in January 1998.  It is looking through one of the big clocks on the Musee D'Orsay on the Left Bank across the Seine
to the right bank.  The museum houses art from the 18th and 19th centuries (the Louvre has the earlier works, and the Centre Pompidou
has what comes after).  The D'Orsay houses one of the world's best collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, but
from the way it is housed in generally smaller upper floor galleries, you could get the impression that the official French art
establishment is not very keen on these paintings (when they were done, they were considered quite avante-garde).
The museum is in a converted 19th century railway station, which explains the huge clocks.  Across the Seine, you can see
as far as the church of Sacre Couer, in Montmartre, at the very top of the hill in the center of the picture.  You would probably need
a microscope to make them out, but the stairs shown in "Paris, 14 July 1950" are at least theoretically in this picture, just below
and to the left of Sacre Couer.