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.
|Venue name:||Musée de l'Orangerie|
Jardin des Tuileries
|Opening hours:||Open 9am-6pm Mon, Wed-Sun|
|Price:||€7.50; €5 reductions; free under-18s; all 1st Sun of mth. PMP|
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The Nymphéas are truly stunning. The room is so calm (provided you go on a weekday) and there is something strangely calming about sitting in front of them. The temporary exhibitions are always of an excellent standard and queuing for them doesn't seem so bad because you look directly out onto place de Concorde and Jardin de Tuileries.