The obvious draw for most visitors to Musée Marmottan Monet is to see paintings by the master himself. But what was surprising to me was the wide range of paintings by other well-known artists.
Yesterday I shared some sculptures and interesting pieces of furniture that I found at Musée Monet Marmottan.
But let’s be serious.
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!
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.
Upon the Duke’s death, he left the property and his impressive collection of Impressionist pieces to the French Academy of Fine Arts.
One of Monet’s sons rounded out the collection by adding many of his Father’s personally owned pieces.
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.
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.
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.
My favourite art museum in Paris, hands down, is l’Orangerie. Located next to Place de la Concorde in Jardin Tuileries, l’Orangerie is conveniently located. It’s manageable in size and perfect for those wanting to get their art fix without sacrificing too much time.