Musée Marmottan Monet

For any fan of Claude Monet’s work, or Impressionism art in general, I recommend a visit to Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

While it’s a little further out from the city centre, I found it to be well worth the minimal effort it took me to get there.

I was sporting a very unfashionable walking cast during my visit, which made traipsing around town very interesting, but I would do it again in an heartbeat. The wearing of the boot – not the injury – of course.

There is, after all, nowhere else in the world that can boast the largest collection of Monet pieces!

The chair on the background has some seriously cool detailing. Here’s a closer shot.

In addition to housing 100 of Monet’s masterpieces, the Marmottan also features numerous works from the artist’s personal collection (Sisley, Degas and Gauguin to name a few).

The museum is housed in what was once an old hunting lodge owned by a Duke.

Oooh, what’s on that table? (Hobbles over in cumbersome walking cast to get a better look..)

Upon the Duke’s death, he left the property and his impressive collection of Impressionist pieces to the French Academy of Fine Arts.

Let’s take a closer look at that table.

One of Monet’s sons rounded out the collection by adding many of his Father’s personally owned pieces.

See anything familiar?

The museum is a treat not only for the paintings, but the vast number of other pieces. I’ve shared just a sampling of these that I found myself drooling over.

Bonne journée!

Marla

Musée d’Orsay

Several years ago, while on a girls’ trip to Paris with my friend Stephanie, I found myself in the delightful predicament of having nothing planned.

Stephanie was headed for an early morning visit to the Louvre. Having been on a previous visit to Paris I decided I’d take a pass, and would meet her several hours later at the Louvre courtyard Pyramid.

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Monet at Giverny

I won’t pretend to be knowledgeable about art. I mean, I can tell the difference between impressionism, cubism and surrealism. But if you were to start discussing post-impressionism in great detail or ask for my opinion on baroque, I’d probably look for a polite excuse to escape before my eyes dried up and fell at your feet.

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