The Marvelous Marmottan - Perspectives No. 392
The Marvelous Marmottan
The Musée Marmottan Monet is not located near the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay or the Orangerie and therefore sometimes can be overlooked in a hurried trip to visit the famous art museums of Paris. But the former hunting lodge of the Duke of Valmy is only a 15-minute Uber ride away from the heart of the Paris cultural downtown—and, its collections are spectacular.
The Marmottan’s collections upstairs alone would be worth the trip. What awaits downstairs, in what had been the basement level, is a revelatory artistic experience unto itself. There, a special exhibition space was built for the Monet collection. Its large open spaces were thoughtfully designed to allow visitors to immerse themselves in the impressive impressionistic canvases. These are the paintings Monet kept for himself and his family and did not sell. The paintings are presented chronologically so that visitors can experience Monet’s evolving impressionistic vision. Large benches are thoughtfully positioned for contemplation in this perfectly lit and uncrowded space. Seeing these rare and masterful paintings up close opened our eyes and minds to the incredible achievement this body of work still represents today. It is awe-inspiring. Plan to spend, as we did, hours in the Monet rooms alone.
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