Monet’s Water Lilies at the Orangerie

Monet’s Water Lilies at the Orangerie

In the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musée de l'Orangerie has just reopened the Hall of Water Lilies, the gallery space in which are displayed Claude Monet’s "Nympheas" (water lilies) paintings, the world-famous creations on which he worked from 1914 and donated to France in 1918. This marked a key development in the history of art since, for the first time, one of the greatest painters of modern times preferred not to bestow his work upon an individual, but present it to the general public, for the edification of all. One of the founders of French Impressionism and an advocate of painting in the open air, Monet created such masterpieces as his ‘Morning’ series, ‘Clouds,’ ‘Green Reflections’ and ‘Setting Sun’, and here we see more of his genius, inspired by the lily ponds of his garden in Giverny. The Water Lilies project would occupy some twenty years of his life as he strove to capture his impressions of changing light, colour, and mirror-like reflections. This season will be also an opportunity to discover the permanent collection of Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume, and ‘Who's Afraid of Women Photographers? 1839 to 1945’, a two-part exhibition chronicling the important contribution of women to this medium. JR.

 

‘Who's Afraid of Women Photographers? 1839 to 1945’, October 14th, 2015 to January 25th, 2016 at the Musée de l'Orangerie

Open every day except Tuesday, from 9:00 to 18:00.
www.musee-orangerie.fr


Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries Garden, Paris 1st
Tel. 01 44 50 43 00

Photo Musée de l'Orangerie / Sophie Boegly

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