Students in the "Culture, Identity, and Nations" course taught by professors Katherine Brandl and Matt Murphy had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Musee d'Orsay art museum this morning. The Musee d'Orsay is housed in a former early 20th century train station.
The guide led the students through the evolution of 19th century French painting that eventually created the Impressionist movement, using several key representative paintings to illustrate the shift away from a strict and formal "academic" style toward the more expressive techniques and subjects associated with artists such as Manet, Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh.

Following the tour, students gave brief presentations outside both the Musee d'Orsay and the National Assembly, the home of the French Republic's legislative body. Each student in the class has been assigned to give a presentation at one of the monuments or notable sites included in the Paris portion of the course.