Favorite Museums: Musee de l’Orangerie

May 25, 2016

By Tab Byrum


When we went to Paris four years ago it was one of those first-time trips where you tried to see and experience everything possible while there, to be honest, we didn’t really know about the Musée de l’Orangerie until we were already in Paris but I’m so glad we visited it while we were there. The museum is home to a huge collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings by artists such as Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Renoir, but perhaps it’s most famous for being the home of eight of Claude Monet’s Water Lily paintings. I have to revisit the Orangerie someday because the day we were there it was very crowded and we didn’t take the time to check out many of the paintings, we went immediately to the amazing display of Water Lily paintings. (above image via)


Here is just one of the eight large panels of Water Lilies painted by Monet in the oval rooms at the Orangerie. (via)


Claude Monet at work on his beloved Water Lilies. (via)

The paintings are huge and are displayed in two oval rooms, the walls holding the large paintings are painted in colors of purple and violet to echo colors in the paintings and displayed as Monet intended them to be under diffused light. Musée de l’Orangerie is so beautiful and think I will definitely visit it every time I’m in the City of Light, time permitting. It’s so awe-inspiring to stand in front of those giant paintings and think of Monet painting these huge works and that these are just eight of the 250 known Water Lily paintings he created. If you’re curious how the Museum got its name, it’s the old Orangerie that was built to protect the orange trees for the garden of the Tuileries. Enjoy!!!

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