To follow up on yesterday’s post about Claude Monet’s impressive pieces on the main floor of l’Orangerie, let’s head downstairs to see some of the rest of the museum’s collection.
But first, a bit of background history. l’Orangerie was built under direction of Napoleon III in 1852. The original purpose of the building was to store citrus trees from Jardin des Tuileries as a way to protect them from the cold of Winter.
Decades later, to accommodate the Walter-Guillaume collection visitors enjoy today, a specially built subterranean floor was added.
The Walter-Guillaume collection is dedicated to post-impressionist works, and pieces from many great artists of the 20th century. You can read more about this gallery, here.
Here’s a small selection of the pieces that stood out to me.
There are almost 150 pieces in the permanent collection so trust me when I say that it was difficult to narrow down what to share. What’s my criteria? It’s difficult to pinpoint. Some pieces jumped out because I liked the colour or subject or perspective, while others jumped out simply because they make me laugh. For example..
My apologies, Monsieur Rousseau. While it may not have been your intention to crack up, it happens every time I look at your painting. For that reason, it’s now one of my favourites.