Adventure in France- The Orangerie

The Musee de l’Orangerie was originally (as its name implies) a storage building for the citrus trees of the Tuileries gardens. It is now home to a large collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist classics including Monet’s “Water Lilies”. It is much smaller than the Orsay and not nearly as crowded. From what I observed most of the attendees seemed much more respectful of their environment.
The four giant panels making up the “Water Lilies” series in the Orangerie wrap around the walls of a large ovuline room specifically designed to immerse the viewer in the experience. Large skylights above provide even, gentle illumination and a large circular bench in the middle of the room allow viewers to sit and contemplate.
One of many masterpieces by Picasso adorning the walls
Another glowing Renoir
“Spanish Dancers” by Marie Laurencin. I’m embarrassed to admit this but I don’t think I had ever even heard of Marie Laurencin before seeing her pieces in the Orangerie’s collection. It’s refreshing to see a few works by a female artist from a period overwhelmingly dominated by male artists.
Another wonderful piece by Rousseau. Many of the works in the Musee de l’Orangerie were no larger than 11×14 and it was nice to be able to pause and really look at them closely without being shoved and pushed by hordes of people.
Our next stop was the Palais Garnier- *Stay Tuned*

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