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Musee d’Orsay was opened in 1986. It houses an important collection devoted to the pivotal years from 1848-1914, and its mission is to build a bridge between classical collections of the Louvre and the modern collections of the Beaubourg. The building was originally a train station (Gare d’Orsay) for routes between Paris and the southwest of France. The chief attraction is the Impressionists displayed on the 5th floor next to the museum cafe. Renoi, Sisley, Monet and Pissarro are well-represented. Post-impressionists Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh are also represented on the same floor. The museum also houses furnitures and sculptures.

 

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Exhibition takes up three floors, my immediate impression is a of a single, vast, station-like hall lined with sculptures on both sides. I went straight up to the top floor where impressionists and post impressionists are located. Cezanne is nice, Monet is sweet and Van Gogh is … sad. Ever since seeing his painting in Amsterdam I am attracted to his bitterness or more so madness. “The church at Auvers” will remain in my favorite list. Stretching out from the viewer’s direction are two paths, one leads to the church one leads to no where. This painting was paint in Van Gogh’s last days when his mind was seriously distorted and lost. He was seeking for a way out. On one side, the church represents life and hope, on the other side it’s filled with unknown and uncertainty. Life has two choices: to live or to die. Van Gogh, the distraught genius chose the later.

Way or no way? Is it wheter your way or no way? Things come in pairs, one or the other, ying and yang. Very often we forget that choices are around. We thought roads were unidirectional and there is only one way to go. We forget backing down is also a choice. The sad thing is we sometimes don’t know and refuse to make the decision for we are afraid of picking the wrong route.