Oscar-Claude Monet is considered the founder of the impressionist movement, which centred its artistic expression on perceptions of nature and the world through light and colour. Monet’s attempts to capture his surroundings have resulted in some of the most significant works of art in history, and his realization of the effects of light on the canvas are unparalleled. Visiting Monet’s masterpieces is essential during your visit to Paris and we have put together some of the best places to do so.
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The Musée d’Orsay opened its doors in 1986 and offers six different art collections. The impressing architectural structure, formerly a railway station, is home to the most extensive range of impressionist painters in the world. The collections encompasses artists from Manet, Degas and Renoir to Van Gogh and Gaugin, and includes an impressive selection of Monet’s works. It is home to some of Monet’s most famous paintings, such as Women in the Garden (1866) and The Water Lily Pond (1899). The museum is one of the best places to experience Monet up close, while also offering further contributions to the impressionist theme.
The Musée de l’Orangerie can be found in the centre of Paris in the Jardins des Tulieries and has gained worldwide reputation for its impressive exhibition of Monet’s water lilies. Les Nymphéas, 8 of a series of 250, are spread out among two oval rooms, creating a sense of infinite reflection of Monet’s light effects in a minimalistic setting. Additionally, the museum is also home to the Walter-Guillaume collection of post-impressionism. The scenic realisation of the water lilies represents one of the most skillful exhibitions of Monet’s masterpieces and a walk through the Jardins des Tuileries offer the ideal ending to a day at the Musée de l’Orangerie.
The village of Giverny is located 50 miles outside of Paris and is well worth the trip in order to marvel at the colorful greenery that inspired some of Monet’s most renowned paintings. Monet’s property was turned into a museum by 1980 and allows the visitor to marvel at the blooming flowers as well as the tranquil water lily pond. Additionally Giverny is home to the Museum of Impressionists, which exhibits contemporary artists of this movement. Strolling through the water garden and crossing Monet’s Japanese bridge feels like entering one of the artist’s paintings themselves.
The Musée Marmottan Monet offers the greatest collection of Monet’s paintings worldwide and is home to around 100 of his works. The 19th century mansion is located in the noble 16th arrondissement of Paris and features works such as the Cathédrale de Rouen series and Impression, Soleil Levant (1872). The exhibition of Monet’s artistic work ranges from his early, experimental years to his signature style and allows the visitor to follow his artistic development, as well as to understand the true depth of his talent. The museum also houses a selection of lesser known impressionists and temporary exhibitions, and is another must-see for Monet enthusiasts.
Le Petit Palais houses the Musée des Beaux-arts of Paris, and features a section of impressionist art, including a range of Monet’s works. While often overlooked in comparison to other Parisian museums, a trip to the Palais is worth the journey and offers an enchanting atmosphere. The impressive grand Belle Époque style building features 1,300 different works, and ranges from to French and Italian Renaissance painters to medieval collections. Its impressionist collection features landscape paintings by Monet as well masterpieces by Bonnard, Pissarro, Cezanne and Renoir. The small, indoor garden is particularly enchanting and a further symbol of Le Petit Palais’s architectural beauty.
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