We all love Paris for the café culture, shopping, famous landmarks and but mostly for the wonderful museums. From the Louvre to Musee del l’Armee .. there is so much to see, learn and experience… I love Musee de l’Orangerie’s compact size perfect for visits with kids, everyone knows the famous Monet Water lilies. The ones at the Orangerie envelope you giving the “illusion of an endless whole, of a wave with no horizon and no shore” in the words of Monet. This unique masterpiece has no equivalent worldwide and it is located on Gardens of Tuileries right on river Seine.
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Oval Rooms of Infinity
According to Claude Monet’s own suggestion, the eight compositions were set out in the two consecutive oval rooms. These rooms have the advantage of natural light from the roof, and are oriented from west to east, following the course of the sun and one of the main routes through Paris along the Seine. The two ovals evoke the symbol of infinity, whereas the paintings represent the cycle of light throughout the day.
Monet greatly increased the dimensions of his initial project, started before 1914. He wanted visitors to be able to immerse themselves completely in the painting and to forget about the outside world. The end of the First World War in 1918 reinforced his desire to offer beauty to wounded souls. Sitting amongst these masterpieces brings such tranquility!
The first room brings together four compositions showing the reflections of the sky and the vegetation in the water, from morning to evening, whereas the second room contains a group of paintings with contrasts created by the branches of weeping willow around the water’s edge.
The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection
The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection is one of the finest European collections of paintings. It comprises about 150 works by Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Utrillo, Soutine… The collection for the most part belonged to Paul Guillaume, a young French art dealer who amassed an extraordinary collection of several hundred paintings, from Impressionism to Modern Art. His widow Domenica, remarried to the architect Jean Walter, transformed and reduced the collection while also making new acquisitions. She wanted to name the collection after both her husbands when the French State acquired it in the late 1950s. From then on, the collection was destined for display at the Musée de l’Orangerie.
Here are a few masterpieces that caught our eye, enjoy this virtual museum walk at your leisure!
Works of Pablo Picasso
Works of Henri Matisse
Works of Chaim Soutine
Additional information for visiting the Musée de l’Orangerie
Full rate: €9
– Visitors aged under 26 who are European Union nationals, and non-nationals who are long-term residents (more than 3 months) of an EU Member State, on proof of entitlement.
– All visitors on the first Sunday of each month