Amazing art in picturesque Paris

Art pupils relished the opportunity to bring their classroom studies to life when they explored the stunning galleries and museums of the French capital.

First stop for the group of fourth and fifth year pupils was the Georges Pompidou Centre which was designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano and is home to a fantastic collection of 20th century work.

Next up was the Musée de l’Orangerie where the largest of Monet’s ‘Waterlillies’ series of paintings are housed, as well as a wonderful collection of impressionist works by the likes of Picasso, Renoir, Cézanne, Soutine and Utrillo.

At The Musée d’Orsay, the group were able to feast their eyes on one of the best collections of pre-19th century work anywhere in the world.

Pupils also enjoyed exploring the artists’ quarter around Montmartre as well as visiting Sacré Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Tuileries gardens where they were able to see the line that runs between the Palais de Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe.

Fourth year pupil Zahra Butt said of the trip: “It was a great trip and there was a really nice and relaxed atmosphere. My favourite part was the Musée de l’Orangerie as I like Monet. I learnt more about cubism and it is something that I might look to include in my work.”

Fellow fourth year Azeem Akram added: “I got a lot from the trip to Paris – I learnt that art is supposed to be unusual and I found the sculptures really inspiring. The Eiffel Tower was a highlight – the view was amazing!”

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