While the famous Musée d'Orsay in Paris is spending 2010 undergoing renovations, nearly 100 of its renowned pieces of art traveled to San Francisco for an unprecedented exhibition at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay is the largest loan of its kind, and it's closing next week, so I scurried across town to see famous Impressionist pieces like The Dance Class by Edgar Degas, which is one of my favorites.
In conjunction with this spectacular exhibition, the Legion of Honor art museum, in Lincoln Park, is showing Impressionist Paris: City of Light. This exhibition provides context for the de Young exhibition with prints, photographs and illustrations of Paris during the mid- to late-1800s when Monet, Degas, Manet, etc. were living and painting in Paris. The Legion of Honor has great art, but the building itself, along with its location near the coast and the Golden Gate Bridge, are enough to attract visitors.
|The Legion of Honor Museum in Lincoln Park|
|A mini Louvre feature in the courtyard transports you to Paris|
|A view of the bay from the courtyard of the Legion of Honor|
|A view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Lincoln Park|