Thursday, September 29, 2011

Musée d'Orsay - No Photography?


You have traveled thousands of miles to see paintings you have long admired in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay. You remember them from your art history classes. You have your camera, an extra memory card and back up battery.
There you are in front of that Degas sculpture, Monet, Renoir, or Van Gogh painting you absolutely love...wait, what did the museum guard say, "No photographs please"???

Degas Sculptures in Musee d'Orsay
taken before the ban on photography
Photo © 2010 Karen F. Rose
Thatched Cottages at Cordeville, 1890Vincent VanGogh
oil on canvas
Musée d'Orsay
photo © 2010 Karen F. Rose
The Musée d'Orsay now has a no photography policy throughout the museum.

While I can understand no flash photography, which is annoying and over time could be damaging to works of art, and no photography of works that do not belong to the museum, but for artists and who want to study a painting or sculpture in closer detail...what a hugh disappointment...no photographs...not even with your smart phone.

Art Info has an article about shutterbugs going to the Musee d'Orsay once a month to protest. Take a look at that article click HERE

Should museums limit non flash photographs. A Euro for your thoughts!



7 comments:

Dottie said...

I so totally agree with you. I can understand no flash-but no photos is a very bad policy. I saw that The High Museum in ATL has a free night for educators. I think educators should Always have free admission! Hope you are having a fabulous trip!

Kathy Cousart said...

Again such an interesting post. I am such a visual learner that I would be disappointed for sure. Sounds like from reading the link you provided that there is some thought to changing the rules.

Page Railsback said...

I was surprised 3 years ago that people were clicking away at the Louvre !! and then again surprised last Saturday at MOMA at the DeKooning exhibit..NO PICTURES. Degas is coming to Boston..Come and visit all of us MA bloggers

Karen F. Rose said...

Dottie lets plan a trip to the High!

Karen F. Rose said...

Kathy and that group that goes to the museum in protest of the no photography policy are being heard ...their story is being circulating via the new social media.

Karen F. Rose said...

Page I would love to come to Boston. When is the Degas exhibit?

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Bummer! Can't see how non-flash photography would impede anyone or do damage??!