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Why Visit Orangerie Museum?

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  • Explore the Orangerie Museum to take a look at some of the incredible impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

  • Admire the collection of paintings known as the Water Lilies 8-panel painting cycle by the renowned artist Claude Monet which was one of the first paintings to be installed in this museum.

  • Delight in looking at the work of the well-known cubist figures - Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.

  • The museum boasts beautiful collections of paintings by many Impressionist era luminaries like Pierre – Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, and Paul Cezanne.

  • Appreciate the masterpieces of renowned artists such as Andre Derain, Henri Matisse, and others.

  • Take a look at the amazing collection of paintings and works of art by artists from around the world such as Paul Guillaume and others.

  • Enjoy strolling across the Museum in leisure without having to move with the crowd.

  • Visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions held in the museum. Check out the Tutelary figures of the museum.

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Orangerie Museum Highlights

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Water Lilies by Claude Monet

During your visit to Orangerie Museum Paris, you must take a look at its star attraction, the famous “Water Lilies” collection by Claude Monet. The Water Lilies (or Nymphéas) is actually a series of approximately 250 oil paintings depicting the flower garden of the artist in his home in Giverny. The paintings were donated to Orangerie in 1922 and were one of the first ones to be placed in this museum. Monet had painted these beautiful pictures during the last thirty years of his life and some of them were painted while the artist was suffering from cataract.

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Jean Walter-Paul Guillaume Collection

The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection constitutes the 148 work of art done between the year 1860 to 1930. Considered to be one of the finest collections in Europe, the collection was mainly put together by Paul Guillaume, a French art dealer. The collection has several examples of Modernist and Impressionist work along with few work of art of African and Oceanian art forms. Paul Guillaume collected most of the collection in his lifetime and after his death, his widow married Jean Walter, who continued adding to the collection before the whole collection was purchased by the French state and displayed in Museum Orangerie. Observe the current collection which has twenty-five paintings by Renoir, one by Monet, one by Gauguin, fifteen by Cézanne, and one by Sisley.

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Works Of André Derain

Andre Derain was a French painter, an artist and a sculptor who was also the co-founder of Fauvism. He was involved in the development of two totally new styles - the Fauvism, along with Maurice de Vlaminck and Henri Matisse, and Cubism, associating with Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. No matter which form, all his artwork are much acclaimed and you will be able to admire his use of vibrant colours, simplification forms and love for primitive art throughout his work such as Rose in a vase, The Painter’s Niece, Le Grand Morin and others.

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Works Of Claude Monet

Claude Monet has been the one to lead the French Impressionist movement and was critical in bringing its patrons together. His mastery as a colorist and as a painter of light and atmosphere led him to achieve a degree of abstraction and made him a part of the abstract painter generation.Monet had also gained fame for playing an instrumental role in helping architectural design with architect Camille Lefevre to design the building of Orangerie Museum. He had designed the two-meter high eight panels in two oval rooms of the museum with skylights enabling sunlight to brighten up the paintings kept in these rooms. Apart from his famous eight compositions of the Water Lilies, Monet’s other work of art includes The Morning with Willows, Argenteuil, The Clouds and others.

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Works Of Picasso

You will be able to admire the works of Picasso, the Spanish painter, in the Orangerie Museum. Pablo Picasso was a painter, ceramicist, theatre designer, printmaker, and sculptor, who demonstrated exceptional talent in art. Some of his works of art on display at the museum include Woman with Tambourine, Women at the Fountain, Large nude with drapery, The Embrace, The Adolescents and others. The famous artist is also known for co-founding the Cubist movement and also for co-inventing collage.

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Works Of Henri Rousseau

While visiting Orangerie Museum Paris, you must take a look at the works of Henri Rousseau. Henri Julien Félix Rousseau, also known as Le Douanier, was a French post-impressionist painter. He did most of his artwork after retiring from his job as a tax and toll collector at the age of 49. Some of Henri Rousseau’s paintings which you can applaud in this museum are The Chair Factory in Alfortville, The Ship in the Storm, The Child With the Doll, The Carriole of Father Junier, The Wedding and others.

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Places to visit nearby Orangerie Museum

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Louvre Museum

Louvre, is a French national museum and art gallery housed in part of a large palace in Paris built on the right-bank site of Philip Augustus' 12th-century fortress. It is the world's most visited art museum, with works ranging from ancient civilizations to the mid-nineteenth century. Many amazing artefacts and paintings by famous artists from all over the world can be found here, making it one of the best places to visit near Orangerie Museum.

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Sainte Chapelle
Sainte-Chapelle

You can visit Sainte-Chapelle, located near the Orangerie Museum. The famous chapel is actually a royal chapel in the Gothic style, located within the Palais de la Cité, the residence of the French royalty till the 14th century. The chapel is well-known for its impressive interior which consists of stunning 13th century ceiling-to-roof stained glass windows in vibrant colours. Feel awe-struck as you observe the various biblical narratives inscribed on them.

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Paris Pantheon
Paris Pantheon

Another place you can visit near Museum Orangerie is the Paris Pantheon, a prominent neo-classical monument, originally built as a church but later used as a mausoleum for famous French heroes. The place will mesmerise you with its stunning Pantheon architecture, visible in its interior. The art it houses and its massive size is sure to leave you awe-struck. Do not miss out taking a look at the star attraction of the place - the Crypt that holds the tombs of famous individuals such as Madame Curie, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille, and others. The mausoleum is known to be the first major monument to have been built in Paris and will offer you a spectacular panoramic view of the city.

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History of Orangerie Museum

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The Orangerie Museum is located in the 19th-century orangery which was built as per the instruction of Napoleon III for the purpose of storing the citrus trees of the Tuileries Gardens in the winter. The neoclassical-style building of the museum Orangerie was constructed in 1852 by architect Firmin Bourgeois and was decorated by artist Louis Visconti to be used as a greenhouse and also to host banquets, shows and concerts.

In the year 1922, the French government decided to convert the greenhouse into an art gallery and dedicated it to living artists. One of the first paintings to be installed here was the famous Water Lilies 8-panel painting cycle by Claude Monet. The building was completely renovated by architect Camille Lefèvre and Monet himself also collaborated in this renovation process.

And finally, on May 17, 1927, was opened to the public as Musée Claude Monet. Later on, the museum was renamed as Musée National de l’Orangerie des Tuileries. Post World War II, the museum was again renovated and became focused on French modern art from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

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Plan Your Visit to Orangerie Museum

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  • Opening Timings: Daily: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM( Closed on Tuesday)

  • Last Admission: 5:15 PM

  • Closing Time: Rooms close at 5:45 PM

  • Closed On: 1 May, 14 July (Only in the morning), 25 December

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FAQs

What is the Orangerie Museum?

The Orangerie Museum Paris is a well-known art gallery in Paris, which has gained popularity for showcasing a range of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings from across the world. You can visit this museum to take a look at the exceptional collection of paintings by renowned artists such as Henri Rousseau, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne and others. You will be thrilled to find the works of the two famous cubism artists Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani in this museum. The museum Orangerie also houses the famous Nympheas (Water Lilies) paintings of Claude Monet.

Where is Orangerie Museum?

The address of the Orangerie Museum is Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France. It is situated along the right bank of the river Seine in the First Arrondissement. The museum is sited near the Palace de la Concorde in Paris in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens.

What is the Orangerie Museum famous for?

The Orangerie Museum Paris is one of the best places where you can enjoy paintings and other works of art that were crafted back in the Impressionist age of art. The museum boasts several beautiful collections of paintings such as the famous Water Lilies paintings by Claude Monet. You will be able to also admire the works of art by artists such as Paul Cezanne, Henri Rousseau, and Pierre – Auguste Renoir. You will also be able to admire the works of the famous cubism figures, Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani.

Who built the Orangerie Museum?

The Museum Orangerie was built as a neoclassical-style building in the year 1852 by the architect Firmin Bourgeois. It was built as per the instruction of Napoleon III for the purpose of storing the citrus trees of the Tuileries Gardens in the winter. The place was later on used as a venue for exhibitions, concerts, banquets, and shows and was decorated by the artist Louis Visconti.

What’s inside the Orangerie Museum?

While visiting the Museum Orangerie, you will be able to take a look at the various paintings and other works of art by impressionist and post-impressionist paintings from across the world. You will also be able to access permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as check out Tutelary figures while visiting the museum.

Is it worth visiting the Orangerie Museum?

The Orangerie Museum will enthral those with a love for paintings and artworks. Visit the museum located in the heart of Paris to take a look at great masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso, and others. Do not miss out on witnessing the famous Water Lilies paintings by Claude Monet.

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