I have long heard the praises sung about this museum and they were spot on! The small collection of masterpieces took my breath away. It’s depth and breadth was amazing. I love the description of this museum in a Time Magazine article: “As much as it delights first-timers, the Orangerie is ripe for repeat visits. The gallery’s appeal lies in part in a pleasing sense of scale — it doesn’t crowd too much together, but gives the works on offer their due.”
The museum has 2 main collections. The first two large oval rooms contain the amazing and huge panels of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies project. He gave all 8 panels of this project, that he worked on for 30 years, to the French State, as a symbol of peace, the day after the armistice that ended World War I. Pictures can begin to do justice to these beautiful panels!
The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection is the other permanent part of this museum. It contains 146 masterpieces from just about every famous impressionists and post-impressionists artists from Monet to Picasso.
I did not, however, like the special exhibit on Dada or Dadaism – an avant-garde movement that began in Switzerland in 1916. I found much of this “art” disturbing – the stuff nightmares are made of.
This museun has lots of works by one of my favorite artists, André Derain.
Some of my favorite paintings from the museum: