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Paintings in the Musee D'Orsay - Review

Paintings in the Musee d'Orsay - Serge Lemoine

High quality photographs of the museum's collections, interspersed with mind-numbing text that manages to both dull the senses and still under-inform the reader about the large number of great artists within, which is elevated to the status of a minor crime against art in that these are the artists most people are blissfully unaware ever walked the earth, as though impressionism sprang from nothing, as well as possessing the excellent and lesser-known works of some of the more famous ones. Also the story and the architecture of the museum is given (I believe) a single interior photograph, and one paragraph, where it could rate almost a small book unto itself. Museums should learn, like high school history teachers, that history is simply a collection of the most amazing and improbable incidents of the past, and not something that tastes like old sand and cobwebs.