Musée de l’Orangerie, which is situated at the west end of the Tuileries Gardens, is located near to two of the main attractions in the City of Lights, namely the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum. However, several tourists who are on their first Paris city tours have not even heard about this breathtaking Musée de l’Orangerie. Yet in fact, tourists and natives who are searching for an intimate tête-à-tête with Modigliani, Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, and other artistic geniuses would instantly fall in love with the Musée de l’Orangerie in the French capital. Below are some of the best things you can do in the Musée de l’Orangerie of Paris.
The Nymphéas (Water Lilies)
The first thing most people do after arriving at l’Orangerie is admiring the breathtaking beauty of Monet’s “Water Lilies”. The Nymphéas or Water Lilies that are set in a well-refined framework offer an astounding overview of Impressionist art. Monet once said that he believed that these breathtaking panels bring an “illusion of an endless whole of water without horizon and without shore.”
The painting that was gifted to French people underwent slightly damage during the Liberation of Paris battle in August 1944. However, the authorities immediately restored the painting. This excellent painting by Monet lures viewers into the world of reverie and romanticism.
Jean Walter & Paul Guillaume Collection
However, the eight panels of Water Lilies of Monet is not only treasure housed inside l’Orangerie. So, once you have admired the fascinating beauty of Monet’s Water Lilies, head straight to the subterranean section of the building. The subterranean section features an excellent collection of early-twentieth and nineteenth-century masterpieces, which are commonly known as the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection.
The fascinating Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection housed inside the l’Orangerie contains some of the excellent works of both foreign and French masters including Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, and Cezanne. This collection is home to approximately 144 Post-Impressionist and Impressionist artworks. If you are a person who loves artworks, then you must check out the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection inside the Musée de l’Orangerie of Paris.
Once you have visited the two treasures of Musée de l’Orangerie with such intensity and passion, make sure to take a stroll through the Tuileries Gardens. The breathtaking view of the elegant streets and other main attractions near the l’Orangerie from the garden is something you would not want to miss when on Paris city tours.