Sunday, July 05, 2009

Musée de l'Orangerie & the Nympheas

One of the many highlights of our trip to Paris that I have yet to mention was our visit to the Musée de l'Orangerie. This is a relatively small museum located in the Tuileries Garden. On display there (in addition ot a number of great paintings by other artisits) are two oval rooms completely dedicated to Monet's Water Lily (Nympheas) paintings. These paintings were the main focus of Monet's career for the last 30 years of his life. These specific examples of this work are displayed in all oval rooms with pure natural lighting. The photo above is a snippet of one of the 8 massive panels that make up this display. The photo below is of one of the rooms (with my wife in the foreground).

Here is a photo of the two of us in front of one of my favorite panels.

And here is a small replica that shows you what the layout of the museum is like on the floor where the Water Lily paintings are displayed. Note the two oval rooms. In general, if you are looking for unique sights in the city, this museum is not to be missed. You can explore the two rooms virtually if you got to the this page on the the museum's website.


pele1410 said...

Are you wearing a "Don't Tread On Me" shirt?

Anonymous said...

sounds like you had an amazing time.
new blog:
best / worst moment on trip

wilablog said...

@Pele1410: Definitely a DTOM shirt...
@Sineddie: Not sure I could even pick these - it was just amazing all around. Beautiful city!