As if Paris did not have enough art to indulge in, we come across the Musèe de l’Orangerie. Located within the city’s 1st arrondissement, its building was once an orangery of the Tuileries Palace on the banks of the river Seine.
This museum, chosen and arranged by Claude Monet to showcase his work, has been deemed unique in its genre by many great intellectuals. A series of works by Monet depicting water lilies from his gardens (usually referred to as Monet’s Nympheas) are the center of the Musèe de l’Orangerie’s permanent exhibition.
Considered a haven of peaceful meditation for today’s typically overworked man or woman, the water-lily paintings are shown under diffused light on walls painted various shades of violet and purple. These were all specific instructions issued by Monet himself on how his art should be displayed that the Musèe de l’Orangerie has respected to a tee.
Monet’s impressive work is accompanied by works from other impressionist and postimpressionist masters, such as Cèzanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo and Laurencin.
This impressive array of paintings is mainly made up of Jean Walter and Paul Guillame’s private collection. The Musèe de l’Orangerie was closed for six years and, fortunately, opened again to the public in 2006.
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