Came here to see the massive rooms of Monet's Water Lilies. Those rooms alone get five stars in my book.
Straight back from security are two huge oval rooms each with four of Monet's paintings circling the walls. Honestly, it seems like every museum I visit these days has one of these paintings. But, these seemed really different to me. The collection of the colors, and the one that had the bright yellows of the setting sun made them unique to me. Just grab a seat in the benches in the middle of the room and take it all in.
Artwork in the rest of the museum featured Picasso and Modigliani.
-You can use the Paris Museum Pass here as well
We went here for the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera- Art in Fusion Exhibition (Oct 2013-January 2014) and of course the Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Soutine, Utrillo, Laurencin, Modigliani and Rousseau.
Frida Kahlo is my favorite artist. Imagine I get to se her works in PARIS? Oui!!!
It is more crowded because of the Frida Kahlo exhibition. Beautifully presented! yelp.com/biz_photos/musé…
Metro stop is Concorde. Walk towards the park up the flight of stairs then you see the fountain. Walk past the center fountain with all the pigeons flying around... It is the rectangular building to your right. There will be two lines, one for No tickets (Sans Billet) which is the left side, then the ones with tickets (avec billet) to the right. You go through a security check at the front door.
Just Go! Please.
This really is an astounding museum.
It not only has Monet's Les Nympheas in 2 different massive oval rooms, it also contains a significant amount of artwork from artist like Picasso and Modigliani located below the the Nymphea viewing galleries.
It is interesting to look at each Monet up close with all of his almost random circling brush strokes and then step back and look at the big picture. Up close you cannot see the beauty of the piece but they are a thing to behold and I could gaze at them for days.
There are very few places you can go and see a collection of art presented exactly as the artist wanted it to be viewed. The two upper rooms were built specifically to show Monet's Water Lilies. These dazzling, huge pieces were created as panels that were sewn together, four each presented in an oval shaped room. During the day the natural light comes in from a window in the ceiling. Created towards the end of Monet's life, as he was losing his sight. This is the ultimate way to really see works of art.
I appreciate that this museum constantly seems to be disregarded or as "if you have time". As a result there are less people, less tourists. This allows you a more intimate experience. The lower half is the permanent collection, amazing that it is one family's collection, and the temporary exhibition hall. I adore Modigliani, who is also under appreciated, but was appreciated by these collectors.
In art world there is a variety personal preference. I prefer this over the Louvre. I also highly recommend this experience to art lovers.
Plenty of spectacular work, but the showstoppers are really the Monet pieces. They are quite large and encourage you to just sit and gaze at how beautiful they are. Their intention was to provide a peaceful moment for viewer and that is exactly what they do. Definitely a must see of your Paris trip.
The Musée de l'Orangerie was my favorite museum in Paris.
This small, but stunning collection of Monet's Water Lilies will not disappoint. Best of all? If you purchased the Paris Museum Pass en.parismuseumpass.com the entrance fee is free.
This museum does not draw in the huge crowds that the Musée du Louvre and the Museo de Orsay draw in so the atmosphere is much more relaxed. The security line at the entrance is a short, quick line and once you enter the museum there aren't large cattle herds of tourists pushing and shoving from room to room.
Grab a seat in the middle of the room and absorb Monet's memorizing, beautiful brush strokes.
I kind of don't want to give them 5 stars so that you keep your expectations in check. In all of our guidebooks and trip planning, the Orangerie was presented as a "go if you have time" venue or a "since you bought the pass already" museum.
They totally set you up for low expectation: Oh, I've seen Water Lilies before... we've already seen the wonderful impressionist collection at Musee d'Orsay... it's just one guy's collection...
Seriously, I had no idea. And I was so completely blown away. I want you to have that too.
But I would be a liar if I gave them anything less than 5 stars. Compared to the giants in Paris, it is a comparatively small collection. But it is exactly the right size to see and enjoy and absorb, without feeling like you are participating in an endurance sport.
The collection was amazing. The space was delightful. The bathroom was clean and contained soap. Perfection.
This turned out to be my favorite museum in Paris, and I'd never even heard of it before. It was included in my Museum Pass, so I decided to go one rainy Paris day. It is tucked inside the Tuileries Gardens. It is small and intimate, meaning that it's not so jam-packed with people that you feel you can't look at a piece of art for more than 2 minutes without wanting to kill someone. There is some great stuff in here- Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, amongst others. When I was there, the exhibit of the Italian Impressionists was also being displayed- that was amazing, as well.
This museum houses the permanent collection of wall murals that Monet did of his water lilies, painted at different times of the day. We came here before we visited Monet's gardens in Giverny. By the time we were through, I couldn't WAIT to go to gardens. His wall-sized murals sent chills down my spine and I sat in that room for a good 30 minutes, just taking them all in. The guards were very strict about taking pictures in the Monet rooms when I was there.
Bathrooms- must all Paris museum bathrooms be a stinky mess? This one did not disappoint in that area.
A nice small museum.
The big attractions here are Monet's murals. Call me a Philistine, but I was underwhelmed. Oh, don't get me wrong- they're beautiful, they took a lot of skill to make- but I didn't end up having to pick my jaw up off the floor. (I think mom was disappointed.) I was more into the paintings in the basement- other Impressionists, generally, and more interesting to me. I still was in and out in under an hour. Maybe I'd just become jaded- so many good museums in such a short time, often with free admission and bigger collections.
Definitely worth a visit if you're at all into art, and Impressionism.
This is a beautiful little museum that is at the end of the Tuileries Gardens near the Place de la Concorde.
I was lucky enough to get to study in the Normandy city of Rouen and during my time in France got to be familiar with many of the sights that Monet painted, forming a connection to and love of his work, which is one of the reasons why I love this museum. It's extra awesome to view the incredible, large scale Water Lilly paintings that are the big draw that the Orangerie, after seeing the gardens for yourself in Giverny.
Along with the Monet's masterpieces, there are many other great paintings in here, including some of my favorites from Modigliani and Marie Laurencin. What I really enjoy about this museum is it's size. Since it's small it feels manageable, and you can take your time actually admiring the art instead of feeling like you constantly have to move on to the next piece.
I encourage a visit on your next trip to Paris!
As cliche as this sound...Monet's water lilies is stunning !!!! I had chills running down my spin when I was looking at them!!
This is a must see museum !!!! (I can't believe I didn't go the first time I was in paris. I'm kicking myself!!!)
Oh wow. A museum dedicated to the Water Lillies by Monet is a must see in Paris. Monet himself designed the experience and he certainly outdid himself. I ignored Rick Steve's advice and regretted it when standing online for an hour so I would suggest you buy the Paris City Pass ahead of time. The lines can be deadly in Paris but the city pass often offers you direct entrance. The hour wait was absolutely worth it to sit in the oval rooms and just take it all in. Be sure to check out the art on the lower floors. I advise going to the lower floors first and leaving the Monet works as the grand finale.
The amazing thing is to go on a day with sun and clouds and watch as the shifting patterns of light completely change the look of the Water Lilies canvases, just as would happen with a pond and garden in real life. Monet was definitely a master of his craft. And the size of the paintings makes the experience immersive.
The rest of the artwork on display isn't bad either. Of course, it can't compare with my private collection of Renoirs and Gauguins, but it's still perfectly respectable ;-)
Museum Pass holders get in free, which is nice.
And there are some lovely benches in the Water Lilies part of the museum, which therefore lends itself to rest and contemplation. I wish more museums offered seating in the galleries.
Also, Musee d'Orangerie has banned photo-taking in the galleries, which makes the overall experience again more restful with visitors actually viewing the art rather than trying to capture it digitally.
An awesome little museum tucked away in the Tuileries Gardens! Very quiet and not crowded - the perfect way to view (actually be surrounded by) Monet's Waterlilies - you can actually sit and stare at them for hours if you like!
I wouldn't know a Renoir from a Matisse. Sure, I could *maybe* identify a Picasso, but I think of art as something I'll appreciate when I'm older, wiser, more mature (& not so into abc family's "Pretty Little Liars.")
I've been to countless museums in different cities because it's "the thing to do" but nothing has inspired me or evoked any real emotion in me. I observe art in a very superficial "that's pretty/ugly/colorful, moving on to the next" way.
With that said, the two rooms dedicated to Monet's "Water Lilies" blew me away. The stark white walls contrasted with the four long panels of his artwork was beautiful and tranquil. I sat in the oval, white seating area and scooted down every few minutes to get a different view of the paintings, until I'd gone all the way around. Then repeated this in the second room.
This might have been the first time I've really been engrossed in and captivated by art. Maybe because I'm partial to the coloring of the paintings, maybe because it was a relief to take a breather in this peaceful space, maybe this moment was the advent of my becoming a Monet fan...something clicked and I enjoyed the experience, whatever *that* was.
(Museum included in "Paris Museum Pass.")
Monet Monet Monet!!!!
Two whole oval rooms dedicated to Les Nympheas or The Water Lilies collection by Claude Monet. If you've seen some of Monet's work, you may remember lots involving water and lily pads, but these two oval rooms has the panaromic large versions of the water lilies. And they're shaped to fit the curvature of the oval rooms.
Another great feature of these two rooms is that it's a mandated quiet rooms area, so no noisy brats to ruin your experience. I love his work, and I actually have several prints hanging in my bedroom.
Downstairs affords a temporary collection by Heinrich Kuhn, who was known as a photographer but painting, drawing and engraving were also have been greatly noted. And you can see most of the work he has done here for the next several months.
But what really wowed my experience was the many impressionist and post-impressionist works on hand and all within a corridor and small several rooms located downstairs. Some works included those by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain and much much more. I can only fit so much on my camera on this visit and I had a schedule to go with, but your visit here shouldn't take you an hour or more.
It's a relatively small museum, but yes, it's worth coming here. It's located in the west corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, just south of the water fountain. If you get the museum pass, which I highly recommend if you plan on doing the major museums of Paris, the Musee de l'Orangerie is included and you get to bypass the queue.
This is a nice, quiet, quaint museum close to the Louve and d'Orsay.
People come here to see Monet's Water Lillies, which are very impressive. The amazing thing about this museum, compared to other museums in Paris, was that Monet's works really do make the rooms feel serene and quiet...you can almost meditate in there. His impressionist pieces give a very relaxed feel and that feeling permeates throughout the rooms...it's actually nice to feel that in the hustle of this area with all the other big museums, you can come here and really feel centered.
There are additional great works by famous artists in the basement of the museum, which are also must-sees.
As I walked into the oval-shaped room where Monet's Water LIlies were prominently displayed, I was literally speechless. No amount of Impressionist books, art history classes, or pictures can ever prepare your eyes and mind for the experience of seeing Monet's greatest works in person. Seeing his works reminded me of Alexander Pope's words: "To wake the soul by tender strokes of art"- and that's exactly what happened to me.
As you enter the room, you are enveloped by Monet's paintings. You are surrounded by 6ft long, curved canvases all around you, and in moments you are transported to Monet's garden at Giverny. You can almost smell the clean, crisp air and feel the breeze, as you sit and contemplate his work. Your forced to sit and reflect on the masterpiece in front of you, and all I kept thinking was of the mastery he had and how adroit he was with a brush. It is hard to believe he was in his 80's and almost blind when he composed these series of paintings.
After you've reflected and pondered over your existence all thanks to Monet, you can continue to delve into the world of Impressionist paintings. One of my all time favorite painters next to Monet is Renoir and they have a large amount of his works here. From Monet to Cezanne to Picasso, L'Orangerie has some of the most coveted collections of Impressionist paintings.
One of the most wonderful features about any of the museums you'll visit in Paris is the fact that you can appreciate the beauty of these paintings up close- they aren't behind thick panes of glass, and you don't have a rope barring you from coming within 5 feet of it. There is nothing keeping you from histories most treasured and revered works of art, except perhaps yourself.
Amazing! My most favorite museum in Paris, hands down. Actually, it might just be my most favorite museum I've ever been to, period. If you're a Monet fan, you can't miss this one. They have an entire 2 rooms dedicated to Monet's large waterlily paintings, with 4 paintings per room, 1 dedicated to each wall of the room. Both rooms in their entirety are mesmerizing with a bench row to sit down on and speculate at the wonder of Monet's meticulous brushstrokes. Looking at the paintings was like looking through the eyes of the day starting and ending - the hours ticking by, and best of all, through Monet's eyes. Later, I read that one room with the 4 paintings was conceived to evoke sunrise, while the other room with the 4 paintings was to evoke dusk. I could definitely see and feel this while I was there - Monet's paintings can transport you to the moment he painted nature's splendor, and at such a grand scale, it's only a wonder to me how he was capable of this. Overall, the museum is pretty small, but for these 2 rooms alone, it was more than worth it. I could have sat here much longer if it wasn't for the fact that we were tourists in Paris with many other attractions to see. I definitely felt sad when we were leaving, as the waterlily murals had the capacity to make my heart soar. This museum is an absolute masterpiece of Monet's works... Not to be missed!
Additional info that may be helpful:
Included with Paris Museum Pass (which we had)
Open everyday, except on Tuesdays, May 1st, July 14th morning and December 25th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission at 5.30 pm and premises start to be vacated at 5.45 pm)
Full rate: € 7.50
Reduced rate: € 5
Free entry on the first Sunday of each month
We stood in line for two hours today waiting to get in. Our main interest was seeing the Monet water lilly panels. However, there was a Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera exhibition that was probably causing the crowds. The Monet panels are in two rooms and I was shocked to see that they are not illuminated at all, the light is only from the skylights which let in only a small filtered light. Since today was a dark,cloudy day, we could barely see the paintings. What a disappointment! I asked the guard and she said that you have to see them in Spring or Summer when the sunlight is brighter. What the hell? They cant install some lights? As for the permanent collection, it had a few gems but was overall, not very good, lots of late Andre Derain (his earlier work is his best) several grotesque Renoir works (he is so overrated) and minor works by other artists. The small Soutine of the choirboy and the Cezanne's are really some of the only work worth seeing. Now, although I like Rivera and Kahlo, I am REALLY sick of them. This show was relatively small and boring. They had a little cottage industry in the bookstore cashing in on the dozens of books on Kahlo and other crap like coffee cups, magnets, etc..
OK, if you read any of the other reviews, it'll become pretty clear pretty quickly that yes, Monet's work is meant to be here...and it's absolutely beautiful.
What the other reviews don't say: the Orangerie is so named for the beautiful gardens of Tullieries thus surrounding, and the place du palais is literally just outside. It's both an oasis and a metropolis, and definitely worth stopping in, if only out of convenience. It's probably not the most staggering collection, but it's a lovely pit stop.
The current exposition "Spain between two centuries", covering end of 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, from Zuloaga to Dali, is incredibly well set up, and shows the contrast between "Black Spain" painters of the era and the French painters who were active during the same period. Definitely worth getting a tour guide if possible.
And, of course, the Nymphéas are timelessly stupendous, as you can get lost in Monet's paintings for hours. The museum is not too busy, allowing you to really get the most out of the peaceful moment that these paintings enable. Anyone who's seen it will tell you... it's worth the trip!
This is our third "must see" museum in Paris. Be ready for an overdose of Monet.
We love being overdosed with Claude Monet's giant "Water Lilies" works on display at the Musee de l'Orangerie. It's a very relaxing place to sit and enjoy the paintings on all four walls, surrounding and encompassing you.
If you can't work this museum into your schedule, that's fine. The Orsay and the Louvre are higher priorities. But if you're a fan of Monet's work, then this has to be a priority.
Watch their hours - we've been caught by unusual closing times. And for lunch, walk a few blocks to the famous Café de Flore on Blvd St. Germain.
Absolutely breathtaking to see the water lilies in person. The sheer vastness of these canvases was stunning and literally brought tears to my eyes. The remainder of the gallery is also a pleasure to visit. Highly recommend!
This is a small museum in Paris, but an absolute gem.
Sitting in the midst of Monet's giant waterlily paintings in an experience indescribable and not-to-be-missed. I don't know if these are considered Monet's best pieces artistically speaking (his eye-sights were failing, and he was miles away from his waterlily pond in Giverny and could only paint from memory), but there are no other places but here and his garden in Giverny that will bring you closer to the master and his life and passion.
Breathtakingly beautiful were the paintings that wrapped around the room in a 360 degree view of waterlilies a float-painted on a giant canvas by Monet.
I came here to see this and saw it, I did. It really is indescribable and until it's seen in person, one can only grasp the full essence of these ethereal paintings.
Two large oval rooms was where it housed Monet's Water Lilies collection. The rooms were uniquely built to house them and so at certain times of the day, the light would reflect on different parts of the paintings to give it a sense of realism and life. It made me feel as if I were sitting on a grassy patch of earth watching the lilies and their pads drift by me, slowly and reflectively. So tranquil, so speckled with color.
Ok so after like 20 mins of staring at a lily pad my head started to spin and my eyes got watery so I left for the rest of the exhibit.
I went down the stairs and saw the Walter-Guillaume exhibit and it comprised of works that Mrs. Walter-Guillaume had accrued for decades in her house. These works included pieces from Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, Cezanne, Modigliani, Gaugain, Derain and many others during the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist period. Beautiful pieces that sprinkled themselves all throughout the museum.
This is one of the smaller and shorter exhibits that I have been to but it is a must see if you are into art or not. It's nice to just meander around because the place is so peaceful and full of light. Do the coat check and get the audio tapes, they definitely help with many explanations of the paintings.
Another fascinating museum that houses giant Monet paintings. They are absolutely beautiful. They're long paintings spanning the length of the oval rooms that houses them. You really have to sit at the benches in the middle to be able to take it all in.
Downstairs is another collection of miscellaneous art. I especially enjoyed the miniature room display.
If you are coming to this museum, you are really just coming to see Monet's Water Lilies right? Yes, I know I'm right. But if you asked me why I came? You would be surprised at my answer. I came because I wanted to see if I can get in for free--yes i did 26 and under EU is free... I had no clue his water lilies were here..But boy oh boy..was it beautiful. It was a room with water lilies painted on the walls...with benches in the middle and everyone just enjoying the artwork. There's two rooms, and both were drastically different but beautiful all at the same time. It's a SMALL museum but his work is beautiful so you should definitely come if you like his work. No Photos allowed :( Downstairs are some of other artists works...you can take photos at some portions downstairs. I think I finished within an hour because it's tiny. So I went back for a second look at the lilies :P
The sinks in the restrooms are a bit..different..you have to step on the handle thing on the floor to start the water! FYI :)
This is an incredibly beautiful place. Even though I was warned by the little sign in the atrium to "Be silent, please," I couldn't help but let out an audible gasp of wonder when I stepped into the room. It is completely breathtaking.
Obviously, I'm just talking about the Nympheas room :x Even though the rest of the Orangerie is lovely, it all pales in comparison to this incredible room. I can sit here for long stretches of time, just basking in the beauty of Monet's lily pad paintings.
I was in Paris for the summer and while in Paris, I felt like I had to see the museums. I bought a 3 day museum pass and tried to hit all of the museums that I could in 3 days.
This was the 1st museum I went to. I got there extremely early, but there was still a pretty hefty line; however, because I had bought that museum pass ahead of time, I got to skip to the front. I felt bad, but I didn't care. On the outside, the museum doesn't look very impressive. It's small and on the outer edge of a park; which was nice to walk in the morning.
This museum was awe inspiring. It opened up a whole other culture for me and to see Monet's "Water Lillies" was priceless. I got to see something that I've only ever seen on tv or the internet. It was a memorable journey and I can't wait to return to do it again. Paris may be my favorite European city... absolutely beautiful!
It's no secret that I am a dedicated Monet fan. He was nothing short of brilliant and his word is endlessly fascinating. This museum was a beautiful discovery, and the viewing of Monet's water lilies in the space meant to contain them was an awe-inspiring view.
If you love Monet, this is a must-do on your Paris sightseeing list.
I enjoyed our museum experience here. If you only have a short time in Paris and you have to pick two museums I would put this behind muses d'orsay and the louvre but it would come in at a VERY close third. We went on a Thursday and they offer English tours on Mondays and Thursdays in the summer at 2:30 p.m. (be sure to check the museum website for changes). Unlike most tours our French tour guide had a solid grasp on the English Language and taught my husband and I more in that hour and a half than we had learned through our audio tours in other museums. If you have 6 extra Euros take the English tour! The Monet water lily pieces are beautiful and a must see! Our tour guide even pointed out a possible caricature of Monet embedded in one of the water lily panels that is believed he painted of himself (second room first panel on the left at the end of the panel in darker blues).
I hope this review helped!
A definite must see for any Monet or Picasso fan as this gallery houses many great works by these artists and many more.
Set just a short walk away from the Louvre it does attract many tourists and I've found it quietest at opening time.
The Louvre? 3 hours minimum. d'Orsay? At least 2 hours.
Musée de l'Orangerie? In and out under 10 minutes.
This museum features 8 giant Monet Waterlilies paintings that actually are curved to fit the walls of the building (he painted them specifically for the building) Check out my pics for some perspective on their size - they are quite a sight and need to be seen to be believed.
Rumor has it that there was more art on the lower level but really, I came to see the Waterlilies. And 9 minutes later, I was off.
The Orangerie is often considered the less glamorous cousin of the Louvre or Musee d'Orsay. And it's true that it is much smaller and provides a thiner slice of 20th century art than you will find in either. I would argue that this makes it much more approachable, rather than diminishing its glory. In addition, the 2006 renovation has opened up the building and made it much more light and airy. And, of course, most everyone knows that this is the place to see Monet's Water Lilies in the round, something not to be missed.
However, I would argue that this museum is so much more than just the waterlilies. If you don't go downstairs and check out the 20th century collection of Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume, you are really missing out on something special. I was blown away by the art and artists in this collection, pretty much all the great masters of the era (the collection was largely assembled from 1914 to 1930). I had no idea they had so many prominent and magnificent pieces. And what a joy it was to be able to stand in front of the art and not be jostled by hundreds of art patrons on their school tour, plowing through the rooms (sadly, this always seems to be my experience at the Musee d'Orsay).
I love this museum and think it's a hidden gem in the Tuileries Gardens. Try to go during off-peak hours if at all possible.
Wonderful. Go and sit in front of each water lily mural for 10 minutes. Best way in Paris (without coffee) to pass a morning.
Then go downstairs.
Living in Paris for two years, you'd think I would have visited all the major museums. At least the Louvre, right? Nope. In January, I thought I'd outsmart the fools waiting in line at the Louvre, and check out the l'Orangerie instead. Joke was on me. Not only was there also a long line here, but it was outside, so I had to wait in the cold! After finally getting in, I was annoyed that they didn't give my friend the free price for being under 26/a resident of the European Union, even though he had his student metro card (which you can ONLY own if you're a student under 26.) They ended up giving him a discount after we pressed them for a bit, but that was a bit much. (When I visited Versailles 3 years ago, at the age of 23, they gave me the under 18 price, without me saying anything, just because I look like I'm 12!) Anywho, apart from that rant, this is a really nice museum. The Monet water lily rooms make it worth it enough, though they are awfully crowded. Ideally you could sit in this room when it's not crowded and just take it all in. The museum is pretty small and dense, but I see that as a perk. Who wants to spend five hours in a museum?
The art here definitely five stars, but the venue? Three stars is being generous unless you have a high tolerance for cacophony when viewing world class art. The Orangerie Museum is very proud of its architecture, but I'm mystified as to how anyone could have thought that concrete rooms with marble floors are helpful to experiencing art. Every utterance was magnified by its echo and it didn't take long to hear the dull roar as people moved through the museum speaking in normal tones but with nothing to absorb the ever increasing din. In the galleries where the Water Lilies are mounted, the guard actually had to reprimand the crowd to be more quiet! Really? How about some carpeting or drapery or ceiling tiles to help out with that one?
Kudos to the curators of this museum though for being able to install eight of Monet's monumental water lilies (Les Nympheas) as the artist meant for them to be displayed. I think the first Nympheas I'd ever seen was at the New York Museum of Modern Art way back in the 1980s. At the time I was struck by how huge the painting was and how abstract, accustomed as I was to Renoir's version of impressionism, which includes a lot of figures. Fast forward to this trip to France and first seeing one of the Nympheas at the Orsay Museum. I was again struck by its abstraction, the absence of a horizon and the melding of reflections with objects represented above the water. Then, visiting Monet's house and gardens I was moved by seeing the preserved lily pond with its weeping willows, so much more beautifully rendered in paint than in my pathetic digital photos. My appetite had been so whetted for Les Nympheas, I knew I would have to visit L'Orangerie to see these treasures mounted in the round (oval actually). Even in the overly loud gallery full of people, the experience did not disappoint. The paintings are so mesmerizingly beautiful, it's actually quite easy to block out the crowds and have your own intimate experience with such naked genius.
Then walking downstairs we were treated to a collection of paintings amassed by a wealthy Parisian in the early 1900s. So much is made of the then avant garde collections amassed by Philip Barnes, Chester Dale, the Steins, the Clarks, etc., but the masterworks that make up the permanent collection of Picassos, Renoirs, Monets, Cezannes, et al were gathered by a Frenchman with an eye for what would someday be great. With the closing of the Picasso Museum in Paris for renovation, this was the only museum we visited in our two weeks with any substantial number of works by the Spanish master. The Orangerie is definitely worth a visit best saved for the tourist off season, I'm sure, when fewer crowds mean not only more space to move around but also less noise.
Love, love, love it here. It is so relaxing to just sit in front of Monet's masterpieces and take in the beauty. A lovely building, apparently Monet specifically painted these large pieces for this space. There are also some other wonderful works by Cezanne, Modigliani and Renoir however the creme de la resistance are the works by Monet. It is a shame that so many tourists come to Paris and only go to the Louvre and miss out on all the more intimate museums such as this one. A very lovely gift shop with a great selection of reasonably priced books, posters and trinkets.
I adore Monet, and if you know anything about me you'll know why! But seriously folks, if you can't get to Giverny to see Monet's gardens in person the next best thing is to go to the Musee de l'Orangerie. You'll find it in the Tuileries Gardens right next to the Louvre. The reason to go? To see Monet's Water Lilies in 360 degrees! There are 2 rooms and both feature Monet's Water Lilies on all 4 walls with seats in the middle of the rooms to sit and enjoy the beauty in front of you. I could sit there for hours! All-in-all its a very small museum compared to the Louvre or Orsay but just those 2 rooms alone are well worth it. If you're a Monet fan, go to Giverny, if you can't go to Giverny go the l'Orangerie.
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