I’ve been to the Impressionist galleries at the Musée D’Orsay many times. Today I learned so much about the paintings I love. Marie was extraordinary—so knowledgeable about the museum and so interesting and charming. And French! I’d love to take another Musée D’Orsay seminar with Marie Dessaillen!
Marie was an outstanding, well-organized presenter. Her enthusiasm for her subject was infectious. Slides were appropriate to her lecture and easy to view online.
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The virtual tours of Context Conversations provide a welcome and delightful escape from reality. I am a Francophile, so I enjoy the French-themed tours and the Impressionists at the Musée d'Orsay was my favorite so far. Marie Dessaillen's credentials are impeccable allowing her to provide so much insight to the selected works and their artists. It was entertaining & informative; a delightful way to visit a variety of locations without leaving home.
Having viewed many Impressionist paintings in person in Paris and other venues, I wondered whether Ms. Dessaillen would offer some new perspectives. Indeed she did: I was not disappointed nor will you be. She is an engaging speaker with a broad depth of knowledge about her subject and a mastery of the visual presentation lecture. She managed to discuss 19th C French train stations, the Academic Salon, the development of French modern art, how the Impressionist got their “name” and who they were and how they related to each other and evolved over time, techniques of Impressionist painting and the Musée d’Orsay itself without seeming rushed or fragmented. A most enjoyable and educational 90 minutes well spent.