While the Musée d’Orsay is undergoing renovations, there is a free exhibit at the Mairie de Paris (City Hall) of many of the works that celebrate Paris. The exhibit, Paris au temps des Impressionistes, runs until the end of July. I almost didn’t go, thinking that I’d already visited the d’Orsay so many times that I would have seen everything, but I was glad I queued up for 45 minutes to get in. In addition to 60 paintings, there were many drawings related to the rearrangement of Paris under Baron Haussmann. I’d never seen most of the works on display. I discovered an artist who was new to me, Dutch painter Johan Jonkind, who was active in Paris. If you’ll be in Paris before the exhibit closes, I highly recommend it to you.
Today’s expression entrée gratuite (ahntray gratweet) means “free entry.” We’d say “free admission.” That may have been one of the reasons I entered the Paris au temps des Impressionistes exhibit, but I’m recommending it for the quality, not the freebie.