Musée de l’Orangerie

A favorite gallery in Jardin des Tuileries.

The Musée de l’Orangerie is one of those often overlooked places, even though it is located in the middle of one of the most famous park in Paris, Jardin des Tuileries.

The gallery is famous for its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, and is as much as it delights first-timers, the orangerie is ripe for repeat visits. The highlight is Claude Monet’s masterworks, the Nymphéas (Water Lilies), painted in the artist’s garden at Giverny and donated to the French state. Monet asked that the monumental panels be displayed precisely as they are seen today, in twin oval rooms that surround enraptured viewers with his vision. The small exhibition is overwelmingly beautiful and a couple of hours are easily spend in this gallery.

 

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