A well-spent time at the Musée d’Orsay

I don’t even really know where to start with the Musée d’Orsay except to say, yes visit it. I mean, there’s the genius of opening an art museum in what was formally Gare d’Orsay, a train station that was unusable due to its short platforms and the fact that Paris feels like it has 50 other major rail stations. Then there is the genius of the collection which is simply hand’s down, one of the best collections I’ve ever personally seen as it’s comprised of so many works that I love from Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Monet, and many, many others.
While the works date from 1848 to 1915, there isn’t a focus just on Impressionism as I originally though was was the case. It’s true that that is probably the strongest collection, but the Rodin sculptures on the main floor as well as the Art Nouveau pieces are also fantastic. Really, it’s all fantastic and about the only thing that isn’t are tourists who go there because they don’t really know what to do with themselves. I’m not really sure what they’re doing in a) the Orsay and b) Paris if enjoying art isn’t high on the list, but there they are, meandering along, even crowding up the place in the middle of the week in the middle of October.
I haven’t been to the Louvre and have little desire to go anytime soon due to the crowds. Now I have even less desire and don’t really see the point as pretty much every great work of art that I admire is in the Orsay. The others are in Madrid.
A well-spent time at the Musée d'Orsay