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Mama and Sylvia's Adventures Out And About

Visiting Van Gogh At The Musee d’Orsay Paris

Van Gogh Musee D'Orsay

Visiting Van Gogh At The Musee d’Orsay Paris

After separating from my daughters father over 10 years ago I created a huge bucket list of things I wanted to do. These were not little things but huge things around the world and slowly but surely I completed my list. One of the things I wanted to do was to see the Art of Van Gogh at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

Within two years I had completed my bucket list and my experiences are something I never wrote about or shared. Today I am sharing my experience of visiting the Musee d’Orsay and viewing Van Gogh Art. It was an amazing experience I really enjoyed.

So in September 2009 I flew from Auckland New Zealand to London with baby Sylvia. We then caught the Eurostar train to Paris and visited the city of love. It was an amazing experience. The Musee d’Orsay was a beautiful site to behold. The former train station, La Gare d’Orsay averages around 3 million visitors per year and on the day I visited there was quite a crowd.

The Musee d’Orsay has an incredible collection of art including it’s famous Van G0gh collection. I first heard about Vincent Van Gogh as a child. Van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who happens to be among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. I remember being taught about his art at primary school and hearing the story of him chopping his ear off. It sparked my interest and I had always wanted to see some of his most famous pieces.

At the museum there were over 25 original Van Gogh pieces. My favourite was the famous artwork Fritillaries in a copper Vase. This was painted in 1887 and I really did like looking at this piece. I also liked the 1888 portrait of Eugene Boch and the 1890 portrait of Doctor Gachet. 

I have always surrounded my daughter with art and exposed her to art since a young age. Sylvia has developed a natural love for drawing and she recently started her own Instagram account called Sylvia Doodles. I don’t think she will remember our early travels, although I sure will and I can share with her my precious memories and photos as she grows.

Another art work I really liked by Van Gogh was The Italian Woman. It is thought her name was Agostina Segatori.

On our way back to London Sylvia practiced her own art on a little draw board. She was literally only 16 months old at this point. We later flew back to New Zealand before migrating to the UK permanently in 2010. I plan to share more of my Paris Adventures with Sylvia in the coming weeks.

Angela x

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