Water-lilies by Monet at the Orangerie

Musée de l’Orangerie 🖼🗿🇬🇧

The Musėe de l’Orangerie is an art museum in Paris famous for being chosen by the impressionist painter Claude Monet as the permanent home for his Water Lilies (Nymphéas) paintings, which are displayed in two large oval rooms. Along with the Musée d’Orsay, this is an absolute must-see when in Paris, surely to enjoy these large installations by Monet and other representative paintings in this collection.

Baigneuse assise s’essuyant une jambe, Renoir, 1914

The Musée de l’Orangerie houses the most important impressionist and post-impressionist artworks of France. Works of geniuses such as Picasso, Matisse, and Cézanne, in addition to Monet, are housed here. The museum is located on the scenic banks of the Seine River, diagonally opposite the Orsay Museum, and is a must-see sight for all those interested in beauty and art. After you have finished relaxing in the urban oasis of the gardens at the back of the Louvre, towards Place de La a Concorde, you can see their collection which has a history related to impressionism art by following the history to the 20th-century art. To follow the flow of change of art style, I recommend you to turn right after going down the stairs. That way you can start with Renoir’s impressionist paintings.

Today, one can admire impressionist art in many museums. Many exhibitions are devoted to this movement, so you can discover paintings by the greatest masters, or you can seat across Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, given pride of place at the Orangerie. And yet, impressionist artists did not hesitate to experiment and paint on all supports available: fans, ceramics, objects, bas-reliefs, walls…

Femme Ii, Willem De Kooning, 19545

These galleries of “other” Impressionist works do not rival Musee d’Orsay, but it’s an impressive collection, nonetheless. If this were anywhere but Paris, I think Musee de l’Orangerie would be the city’s crown jewel in terms of art museums. Here, both Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre overshadow the Musee de l’Orangerie. Since May 2010, the Orangery has been attached to the Musée d’Orsay – and no longer to the Musée du Luxembourg. It is worth visiting the Musée de l’Orangerie just after visiting the Musée d’Orsay – which is very close by. You will continue in the same impressionist universe and marvel at the “work + space” ensemble of Les Nympheias.

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