The Musée de l’Orangerie is a public Impressionist museum, most famous for Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. The museum also features Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume’s extensive collection. The current exhibit on display, The Macchiaioli, focuses on a group of nonconformist Italian artists, which are loosely considered Italian Impressionists. Before becoming a museum, the space was used for an assortment of purposes such as a military defense bastion, a winter shelter for the king’s oranges (where the building’s name comes from), and a repository for soldiers.
The mulit-layered history of this space is also comparable to Freud’s Mystic Writing Pad. Read on to learn about this amazing museum, which focuses on the purity of art and the omnipresent link between its past, present, and future.
The following panels are part of Monet’s Water Lilies:
Room 1– Morning, Green Reflections, Clouds, Sunset
Room 2–Clear Morning with Willows, The Two Willows, Morning with “Weeping Willows,” Reflections of Trees
Map of the Museum:
“As much as it delights first-timers, the Orangerie is ripe for repeat visits.”
–Jo Lennan, Time