On the Left Bank of the Seine River in Paris rest the Musée d’Orsay, a museum devoted to arts between 1848-1914. The museum is housed in a former train station, Gare d’Orsay, that was constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair and was booming with commuters. During and after World War II, the station became deserted and was no longer used, which led the city to have plans to tear it down in 1960. The building, however, was saved as the city decided to convert it into a museum to showcase Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and collections of sculptures and decorative arts.
Musée d’Orsay is one of the largest art museums in Europe and hosts the most extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world. Notable artists whose works rest in the Orsay are Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Alfred Sisley, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh.
The Orsay is also recognized for its colossal clocks that double as windows giving the museum an overall allegorical theme of a window through time to the Age of Liberalism when impressionism was taking a stand.