Musée de l’Orangerie is a relatively small museum where you can see every single painting in a short period of time. Rich and intense and always on our itinerary.
Upstairs are Monet’s Nymphéas murals (Les Nymphéas de Claude Monet) on the walls around two airy oval rooms – situated together as the symbol for infinity, You are surrounded by the water lilies of Claude Monet’s garden in a venue designed by the artist
Downstairs is predominately occupied by the amazing collection of art dealer Paul Guillaume. This includes one of the largest collections of works by Chaim Soutine as well as Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin, Cézanne, Modigliani, Sisley, Rousseau, Utrillo, Derain, Laurencin and van Dongen.
Also downstairs is a temporary exhibit space which may expand on items in the permanent collection. We saw a great show on our favorite Soutine.
An acquaintance in my parent’s retirement home (who recently shared his story of being mugged by gypsies in St. Petersburg) asked us why we return to Paris. L’Orangerie is a prime example. We go to some of the same places, view the same works by the same artists and in these paintings we often see something that we didn’t see before. We become more familiar with monstrous buildings and collections. We will never see everything there is to see, but we develop favorites, search (though sometimes never find) items on our wish list and always stumble upon a new discovery by mistake (or while we are lost)
Renoir to Picasso, Materpieces of the Musée de l’Orangerie National Gallery of Victoria
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