The Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens.
On the first Sunday of each month it is free to visit most of the big museums in Paris. We were lucky enough to arrive in Paris on Saturday and be able to take advantage of this.
The de l’Orangerie is home to Monet’s larger than life water lily paintings. The Nymphéas [Water Lilies] cycle occupied Claude Monet for three decades, from the late 1890’s until his death in 1926, at the age of 86. This series was inspired by the water garden that he created at his Giverny Estate in Normandy.
The water lily paintings shattered the norms of landscape painting at the time. Critic Louis Gillet commented “there is no sky, no horizon, hardly any perspective or stable points of reference enabling the viewer to orient himself.” They are beautiful to get up close to.
Also on Display in the permanent collection where paintings by, Paul Gauguin, Matisse, Monet, Rousseau, Renoir, Soutine, Cezanne, Derain and others.
the Tuileries Gardens
Six hours later I emerged from the de l’Orangerie to stroll through the Tuileries Gardens with Mitchell. The Tuileries gardens originally belonged to the Palace, before becoming a public park after the French Revolution.