Paris has been a favourite destination for art lovers and art students on educational trips for many years. Most people are familiar with the world-renowned museums of The Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, but look closer and the variety of art being exhibited in the city will astound you.
Lovers of classic art are bound to be attracted to Paris on educational trips and are likely to head straight for The Louvre, which is generally considered to be Paris’ most important museum. The beautiful glass pyramid leads you to a staggering 35,000 works of art, including the enigmatic Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, which is famously exhibited here. But the Mona Lisa is just one amongst many wonderful works of art. Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer are among the contributors to this important museum.
The delightful Tuileries Gardens next to The Louvre are a great place to walk and reflect on what you have seen. For medieval art, a visit to The National Medieval Museum (The Cluny Museum) should be on your itinerary. It is housed in a beautiful 15th century Abbey built above Roman thermal baths from the 1st and 3rd centuries. The 15th century tapestry The Lady and the Unicorn can be seen here, and the abbey grounds are a peaceful and relaxing place to rest your legs.
Another great museum for students on educational trips to visit is the Petit Palais, near the Champs Elysses, which exhibits masters such as Delacroix, Cezanne and Monet. The museum has been recently renovated and is a wonderful example of Art Nouveau architecture, with elaborate wrought iron and colourful murals. The Petit Palais has a great collection of work by the Impressionists and fans of this period are well catered for, however, for them, a visit to the Musée d’Orsay is a must. The building stands on the banks of the River Seine and was a railway station until 1939. Degas’ dancers are on show, along with Gaugin’s tropical scenes and Monet’s muted beauty – including his Blue Water Lillies. Work by the great chronicler of Parisian Life Toulouse-Lautrec is to be found in the museum, and Van Gogh is also exhibited with his La Méridienne and two of his self-portraits being amongst his treasures.
Lovers of modern art will be drawn to the Pompidou Centre where the National Museum of Modern Art is located. The Richard Rogers designed building itself is a work of art, but within it art students on educational trips will find wonderful examples of Surrealism, Cubism and Pop Art.
Another must for lovers of modern art is the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, which was opened in 1961 to display the modern art collection of the Petit Palais. Matisse and Dufy are among the artists exhibited.
The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art near Montparnasse actively supports new artists and puts on interesting and innovative exhibitions.
Visiting Paris will provide inspiration for budding artists and give them the opportunity to see the wonderful works of art that gave this city its reputation as a centre for art lovers.