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Paris - Musée d'Orsay - Jeune éléphant pris au piège

Emmanuel Frémiet's Jeune éléphant pris au piège (Young elephant taken with a trap) from 1878 stands 3.6m high outside Musée d'Orsay. Foundried by Antoine Durenne, it was commissioned in 1877 for l'Exposition universlle de 1878, and belonged to the gardens of the first palais du Trocadèro (Trocadèro palace).

 

The Musée d'Orsay (The Orsay Museum), housed in the former railway station, the Gare d'Orsay, holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography, and is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by popular painters such as Monet and Renoir. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986.

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Taken on September 10, 2007