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A Los Angeles Childhood - Jour 9 -Degas and The Nude
Sunday, 15 July 2012 20:04

It's a gray day in Paris, one of those Midnight In Paris days when those of us just so pleased with ourselves for being in the City of Light rejoice.

The Musee D'Orsay is a fascinating building in and of itself. It was originally created as a railway station for the Chemin de Fer de Paris a Orleans and was finished in 1900 for the Exposition Universel.

In 1939 the station was used as a mailing center during the Second World War.

In July 1986 it opened as a museum holding the works covering the gap between the Louvre and the Pompidou.

Because I remember the last time I tried to go to an exhibit at the Musee D'Orsay with my sister Pat, and waiting two and one half hours in the rain to get in and still not able, I looked for ways to avoid the long wait. The answer came from the Travel Bureau on Rue des Pyramides. For nine euros I bought a general admission ticket so when I got to the Musee, I was able to get in right away. Once in, three euros and I gained entrance to the special exhibit.

Although I have seen Degas paintings in the past, mostly dancers and horse races, this one, stressed the importance of drawing one thing over and over even one hundred times. Degas said, "In art, nothing should look like chance, not even movement." He radically transformed the way the body was viewed. This took place over a fifty year period so in this way, the exhibit is considered a retrospective.

Return soon to read about the Degas exhibit highlights and Thank You for reading Not Just A Jewish Book Blog.

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