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Musée de l’Orangerie :: Paris 2013

Musée de l’Orangerie

This is the facade of the Musée de l’Orangerie.

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.


Les Nymphéas: Room One in the Museum

The following panels are part of Monet’s Water Lilies:

Room 1– Morning, Green Reflections, Clouds, Sunset

Room 2Clear 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

Guide to the Musée de l’Orangerie

Transitions of the Space: Examining Architecture and History

The Intimate Museum Space and Art Appreciation

The Macchiaioli and Impressionism: Linking French and European Identities

The Orangerie and Freud’s Mystic Writing Pad


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