Musée de l’Orangerie: In the middle of Monet’s Water Lily pond

I remember in the summer, when I posted about a trip to Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny, many Steemians told me how much they loved Monet’s paintings. If you are a big fan of Monet, Paris is a paradise for you. You can find many of his artworks in the city. If you’re a Monet fan there are three places you must see In Paris: Musee D’Orsay, Musee Marmottan and l’Orangerie.

I felt so lucky to visit the actual water lilies in Giverny and since then I’ve been wanting to visit the famous water lilies paintings in Musee de l’Orangerie. Paris is known as a city full of museums, l’Orangerie wasn’t the biggest among them but it houses Monet’s water lilies paintings in a large format, which are beautifully displayed larger than life in two rooms.

At Place de la Concorde, next to Musee de l’Orangerie.

It wasn’t difficult to get to the museum, by getting out at metro “Concorde” stop. Place de la Concorde is a nice place for pictures too, where you get a view of the Eiffel Tower from far. The museum is situated at one end of the beautiful Tuileries Garden, across from the d’Orsay on the other side of the Seine. Except the two rooms devoted to Monet’s lily garden, there’re also collections of Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, Modigliani and other artists of the early 20th century. When I visited, there was also an exhibition of the Dada movement.

Today, I’d like to show you the two oval rooms of the magic “Water Lilies”.

There are in total 8 massive paintings of water lilies, taking up the walls of 2 oval rooms. Monet has designed those two oval rooms himself to create a unique space to house the water lilies paintings. in Monet’s own words

an illusion of an endless whole, of water without horizon and without shore”, and making the museum’s Water Lilies a work that is without equal anywhere in the world.

  • The first room:

The water lilies painting in both 2 oval rooms were inspired by his water garden at Giverny. The panels in the first room depict the themes of “Green reflections”, “Morning”, “Clouds” and “Sunset”. I feel the subtle changes of the water garden under different weather conditions and timestamps.

some details of the paintings


The second room

The painting in the second room looks brighter and has more weeping trees in it. The panels in the second room are respectively “The two willows”, “Clear morning with willows”, “Morning with weeping willows” and “Reflections of trees”.

some details of the panels

去年夏天的时候,我抽空去了一趟位于诺曼底小镇Giverny的 莫奈花园,当时真的是惊艳到不行,印象最深的当然是莫奈建在花园里的睡莲池。莫奈非常爱睡莲,晚年时,梦想要把睡莲画满整个房间。去过了莫奈花园以后,我一直想着去藏有这个巨作的橘园美术馆去看看。



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