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Musée de l'Orangerie

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  • 1er arrondissement
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Musée de l’Orangerie
Photograph: Oliver Knight
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Time Out Says

Update, May 2020: Take a virtual tour of Monet’s ‘Les Nymphéas’ series

The reopening of this Monet showcase a few years ago means the Orangerie is now firmly back on the tourist radar: expect long queues. The look is utilitarian and fuss-free, with the museum's eight, tapestry-sized Nymphéas (water lilies) paintings housed in two plain oval rooms. They provide a simple backdrop for the astonishing, ethereal romanticism of Monet's works, painted late in his life. Depicting Monet's 'jardin d'eau' at his house in Giverny, the tableaux have an intense, dreamy quality - partly reflecting the artist's absorption in the private world of his garden.

Downstairs, the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection of Impressionism and the Ecole de Paris is a mixed bag of sweet-toothed Cézanne and Renoir portraits, along with works by Modigliani, Rousseau, Matisse, Picasso and Derain.

Details

Address:
Jardin des Tuileries
1er
Paris
Price:
€7.50; €5 reductions; free under-18s; all 1st Sun of mth. PMP
Opening hours:
Open 9am-6pm Mon, Wed-Sun
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