L’Orangerie in Paris

Europe 2011 1154The former orange shelter located in the Tuilleries Gardens is an Impressionist treasure.  If hearing names like Monet, Renoir, or Picasso conjure interest, then this is a great museum for you.  The collection cannot compare in size to the collection at the Musee D’Orsay, but the works are well worth the visit.

The feature exhibit is Monet’s Water Lilies.  As you walk in, light grazes over the blurred scenery.  A calming sound plays as you walk through the appearance of the lilies throughout the day.  It is easy to imagine a blinding Monet working on this canvas, but as the light changes in the day, moving on to that canvas.

Beyond the lilies, you can also see other Impressionist works.  While in the museum on my last visit, there was a special exhibition on Gino Severini.  I was first introduced to Severini at the Peggy Guggenheim museum in Venice.  Since then, I have been a big fan.  Unfortunately, we could not take pictures in that exhibit, so I have no images to share.

If you want to enhance this experience even more, take a day trip out to Giverny to see where Monet worked and found inspiration.

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