The 19th century is full of instances where paintings and sculptures hit the headlines. These works provoked outrage and criticism, and at times serious debate. But this was not the sole preserve of the avant-garde. The Salon too, whose aim was attract public's attention, could also cause a scandal. The Musée d'Orsay itself aroused controversy when it first opened.
The works here provide an example. The museum guide will choose works to illustrate the theme. Only the tours with English-speaking guides are featured here. For other tours see French version of website.