Simply must visit when in Paris! Although I've been to Paris a few times, I never managed to visit the Louvre. I went there, took numerous pictures of the Pyramids but never dared to queue for the tickets.
This time I decided to visit the Musée de l’Orangerie. I have to tell you that it was the first time in my life that I rented an audio guide! Never before and never after.:) I have no regrets though.
The Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Though most famous for being the permanent home for eight Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet, the museum also contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, Chaim Soutine, and Maurice Utrillo, among others. I was surprised to learn that the museum was chosen and arranged by Claude Monet himself to showcase his masterpieces.
Near the ticket office are a series of photographic tableaux which explains the life of Monet and the Water Lilies…How Monet was going blind when he painted the Water-Lilies and how his hands were almost paralysed with arthritis. There is also an audio-visual show about Monet. Be sure to see it. All this history is very helpful before you are swept off your feet by the beauty and the sheer size of Monet’s masterpiece. A cycle of Monet’s water-lily paintings, known as the Nymphéas, was arranged on the ground floor of the Orangerie in 1927. They are still available under direct diffused light as was originally intended by Monet. The eight paintings are displayed in two oval rooms all along the walls. Impressive! It’s a shame I didn’t have my Horizon camera with me…
As you walk along the corridor, you are in for an absolute treat. You will see a fine collection of Renoir’s, Van Gogh’s and Gauguin works and many others. Many of them are their most celebrated works.
And, last but not least, I was really surprised that nobody prevented me from taking pictures! As you can see from my double exposures, I felt free to shoot everything I wanted. Well done, L’Orangerie! I will surely be back.
Admission price is 7.5 euros.
Audio guide rental is 5 euros.
Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries