I recently visited a Museum we do not hear a lot about (compare to the Louvre or Le Musée d’Orsay)….and that is Le Musée de l’Orangerie. It is located in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries and as you can see on the picture here below I was nearly alone (it was early in the morning), the sun was shining….so basically perfect timing to take pictures without people!
The Museum is known for Claude Monet’s famous “Water lilies”. There are two big oval rooms containing the paintings . Monet donated “Water Lilies” to France after the first world war. He wrote about his work: “nerves strained by work would relax in its presence following the restful example of its stagnant waters, and for he who would live in it, this room could offer a refuge for peaceful meditation in the midst of a flowering aquarium”.
It is very peaceful I must say. Wen you sit down in the middle of those rooms contemplating the paintings it feels like you are in the middle of a giant garden. Nature embraces you with its peace and beauty!
The Museum has a beautiful collection of Renoir, Cézanne, Modigliani, Derain, Utrillo, Soutine, Picasso, ….
The painting here below is from André Derain and is definitely my favourite. This woman is just elegant and “frenchic”!