Claude Monet is world-famous for his landscape paintings titled Nymphéas or Water Lilies oil paintings, which can be seen at the Musée de l’Orangerie. In fact, the largest collection of paintings by the French painter is on display at the Musée Marmottan Monet. The museum in the 16th arrondissement of Paris is home to Monet’s 1872 painting titled ‘Impression, Sunrise’, which is widely recognized as symbolic of the Impressionism art movement centered on Paris.
The ground and top floors of Musée Marmottan Monet is home to artworks from the empire of Napoleon I, paintings by renowned French artists and Claude Monet’s portraits by Auguste Renoir, and by his wife and son, Camille Doncieux and Michel Monet. The museum received an Impressionist painting collection in the 1950s as assembled by Dr. Georges de Bellio, who was a friend of several 19th Century painters.
The lower floor of the Parisian museum is devoted to paintings Monet drew during his stay in Giverny including Water Lilies and a Japanese Bridge. It is also home to some of his other landscape paintings including that of Rouen Cathedral, and the Gare Saint-Lazare railway station. The highlight of the underground gallery is ‘Impression, Sunrise’, which gives a view of the Le Havre port.
An exhibition in the Musée Marmottan Monet galleries throws lights on cataracts, the visual disorder that lead to his blurred vision. Monet suffered from cataracts for several years and it had an impact on how he perceived colors: less clearly. The eye surgeon of Monet deemed cataracts as insufficient for a painter like him, although it may be sufficient for someone lesser skilled.
The former hunting lodge turn museum property was bought by Jules Marmottan in 1882 and opened its door in 1934 as the Musée Marmottan Monet. To make the most of a visit to the Parisian museum, also include the Bois de Boulogne into your itinerary. The public park to the west of Place de la Concorde square spans over 4 kilometers.
You can visit the museum after a stroll through the park and even consider having lunch in a lakeside restaurant at Bois de Boulogne when on a Paris tour. After all, art lovers visit the fine arts museum at a corner of the park to see the collections including that of Claude Monet primarily.