My favorite floor of the Musée d’Orsay is without a doubt the fifth floor. As soon as I arrive I head to the top floor to see the works in the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism galleries. It’s always a wonderful experience, but recently I had an extra special visit due to the almost empty Musée d’Orsay.
Musée d’Orsay Fifth Floor
The fifth floor is in my opinion the crown jewel of the Musée d’Orsay. It’s been described as impressionist heaven for good reason. The art is of course wonderful, but you’ll also find incredible views of Paris and the emblematic clock.
I’m not an art expert and I’m not going to pretend to be, so I will refer you to my friend Wikipedia for a definition of Impressionism. It originated in France in the 1860s. At the end of the 1880s, Post-Impressionism emerged as both a continuation and break from Impressionism.
I’ll let the art do the talking for the most part here. When you visit Paris next you can also buy a ticket to visit the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie together.
Impressionism at the Musée d’Orsay
Post-Impressionism at the Musée d’Orsay
I hope you enjoy this walk through the fifth floor of the Musée d’Orsay. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to have any other Parisian virtual tours!