Paris is one of the European capitals with a large artistic heritage. The numerous museums located in the city contain a large quantity of works of all styles and movements, well known by the general public. Come and visit Paris with the high-speed trains Renfe-SNCF en Coopération and get into the galleries of the most famous museums. Do not miss these 10 works of art you need to see at least once in life!
It is really hard to make a list with the best paintings of the Parisian exhibition halls. However, either by its story or by its painters some have become a reference of international reputation. We want to make a list of all those paintings you will see if you go to Paris and you have to look at in person.
1. THE MONA LISA
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The Mona Lisa is one of the most popular paintings of the world. It is a Renaissance work painted by Leonardo da Vinci shown in the Louvre. The room where the painting is displayed is always crowded with visitors that want to take a picture with the oil painting. Its fame is the result of its great beauty and the mysteries surrounding the face of one of the most famous characters of da Vinci.
2. THE WEDDING AT CANA
The painting by Paolo Veronese is in the Louvre since Napoleon took it to Paris in 1797. It is one of the most important works of Venetian painting and represents the Wedding at Cana, a story from the Christian New Testament.
3. THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
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The work painted by Théodore Géricault in 1819 is one of the greatest jewels of French Romanticism and is exhibited in the Louvre. The painting focuses on movement and abandons the calm prevailing in the classicist style. It depicts a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Méduse off the Mauritanian coast.
4. THE OATH OF THE HORATII
It is considered the reference of neoclassical painting and was painted by Jacques-Louis David. It is displayed in Louvre Museum and is a classic in the art history books. It represents the oath of three Roman Horatii and symbolizes the power of duty above personal life.
5. LIBERTY LEADING THE PEOPLE
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The painting of Eugène Delacroix is preserved in the Louvre and depicts a scene of the bourgeoisie revolution that took place in Paris in 1830. The canvas shows a woman with the French flag and breast naked, which is an allegory to Liberty and has become a universal icon. The music group Coldplay, without going any further, used this painting as the cover of the album “viva la vida”.
6. THE CORONATION OF NAPOLEON
It is one of the most famous works of Jacques-Louis David, official painter of Napoleon, exhibited in the Louvre. It is characterized by its imposing dimensions and its neoclassical style. The painting depicts the moment Napoleon crowns himself as Emperor, in a ceremony held at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris in 1804.
7. THE CARD PLAYERS
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This is the last painting of a series of five, painted by Paul Cézanne between 1890 and 1895, which depicts two men playing cards. This last version is displayed in the Musee d’Orsay and belongs to the maturity period of the post-impressionist artist.
8. THE DANCE CLASS
The Dance Class is displayed in the galleries of the Musee d’Orsay and is one of the most famous works of Edgar Degas. The impressionist painter visited the Opera regularly and liked to sneak into the dance classes. This painting shows an everyday moment during a break in a rehearsal.
9. LE DÉJEUNER SUR L'HERBE (THE LUNCHON THE GRASS)
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The painting by Édouard Manet was painted in 1863 and is displayed in the Musee d’Orsay. It is characterized by the juxtaposition of dark and bright spaces and its theme, which defends individual freedom. It was very controversial in its time for showing a naked woman eating with two dressed men.
10. DANCE AT LE MOULIN DE LA GALETTE
The painting by Pierre Auguste Renoir is one of the most important works of Impressionist style exhibited in the Musee d’Orsay. It is a classic in the books of art history and depicts a Sunday dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, a place located in Montmatre where artists, writers and Parisian workers used to gather.