This was our first visit to the Musee de L’Orangerie in Paris which houses paintings by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Derain and Picasso. The collection revolves around eight giant panels (each is 2 by 6 metres) of Nymphéas, or Water Lilies, painted by Claude Monet between 1890 and 1920. In 1922 he donated these paintings to the French government which selected the Orangerie in Paris to exhibit them. Good decision! The paintings are hung in two large cicular rooms that feel strangely like warm, quiet wombs; the sunlight from the windows above is diffused through lovely, filmy fabric. Benches in the centre of each room provide a comfortable space where people are welcome to sit for as long as they like and soak in the purple, pink and green richness of the water lilies.
The Musee de L’Orangerie is small, newly renovated, and tastefully decorated. The space is so inviting that DP and I sat and watched people watching the water lilies. This a great museum for kids and, after a couple of hours in the museum, they can run through the Tuileries Gardens, ride a pony or a carousel and then, when you are all really and truly pooped, we recommend a crepe with nutella and bananas at one of the little cafes in the garden.
Thanks to Deb Dubrow at Delicious Baby for hosting Photo Friday. You can check out more photos here.