L’Orangerie museum – proclaimed “the Sistine Chapel of Impressionism” by the writer Andre Masson
If you are a Monet fan, then this museum is a MUST when travelling to Paris. This museum showcases eight of Claude Monet’s famous paintings, the huge water lilies (called the Nympheas). They are exhibited in two large ovals rooms designed in part by Monet himself to create perfect lighting and ambiance.
The effects of this exhibition are magical.
This museum is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. I suggest that you arrive at opening on a weekday so that can have the place all to yourself. This makes your experience truly one of a kind.
French statesman Georges Clemenceau asked Monet to create an artwork that would lift the country out of the gloom of the Great War. At first, Monet declined feeling too old and unable, but eventually accepted the task.
A new studio with a glass wall facing his garden in Giverny was built for this purpose. He continued to work on his water paintings right up until the end of his life.
“…Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all – my head is bursting…” Claude Monet Quotes
The “Musée Claude Monet” was inaugurated on 17 May 1927, a few months after Monet’s death. It was transformed into an annex of the Musée du Luxembourg, and the building became the Musée National de l’Orangerie des Tuileries.
For more information see the Musee L’Orangerie Paris website