18 Feb

Over the weekend, I visited the Musee de l’Orangerie with a friend. The museum was built specifically to house the Nymphéas, eight of Claude Monet’s water lilies paintings. There are two oval rooms and the paintings are affixed directly to the walls. One of the larger paintings, Le matin aux saules, measures 2 meters by 100 meters. Frankly, it’s kind of stunning to just walk in and see the vast expanse of paint on the walls.

I don’t have anything to show you all as taking photos was forbidden. Probably a good idea on their part. However, the Musee de l’Orangerie has a virtual tour on their website and panorama shots of each painting. I’d suggest heading over there to take a gander at the grandeur. I really enjoyed sitting and just looking at the colors; I’ve always loved Monet ever since “Art on a Cart” in elementary school, so seeing his work in person was really gratifying.


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