As a lover of Expressionism, I just have to visit Musee Marmottan Monet whenever I go to Paris. It is open from 10 am to 6 pm and it is open except on Mondays. My favourites are:
- Claude Monet (1840-1926)
- Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)
- Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)
- Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939)
- Eduard Manet (1832-1883)
August Rodin (1840-1917)
The basement is my most first destination. It has Claude Monet's grandious works including the Soleil Levant.
If you are interested in "impressionnism" and especially in the painter Monet, visit this museum which is located in the Paul Marmottan's mansion. Paul Marmottan was a director of a mining company and he has transmited to the country his mansion and his collection of paintings.
The museum has 3 main topics :
- Monet and his paintings of Giverny
- the furniture and paintings of the First Empire
- a collection of illuminations from the 15e and 16e centuries.
There is often an exibition. When we have visited the museum, the exibition was about the american artists who had reached Monet at Giverny to make "impressionist paintings".
We visited this museum with a couple of friends who are painters and we enjoyd their commentaries and explanations.
Open every day excepted Monday. 10 AM to 6 PM counter closed at 5PM (Tuesday 9PM)
Ticket : 8 euros (9 when there is an exibition) Student (less 25) 4.50 euros
Audioguide 3 euros
Photos are prohibited.
The restaurants in the neighborhood are rather expensive or crowdy and we found the good one (on our opinion) : LE BOIS LE VENT (Lebanese restaurant) 59 rue de Boulainvilliers 75016 Paris - 01.45.27.62.23 . We paid 28 euros per capita with the wine (tax included)
The Musee Marmottan Monet is a small museum located in a lovely area in the 16th a short walk from Metro Muette. It houses the world's largest collection of Monet's work. Because this museum is rarely crowded it is possible to view these beautiful works of art in a leisurely manner.
This just could possibly be my fave Paris museum! It's not as busy as the other museums, but still has excellent works. For those who dread museum fatigue - miles to walk and so much to see that one goes blinded, you won't suffer that here! it's small and compact. Okay; so I'm biased in that I just luuurve impressionist works - especially Monet's. "Impression soleil" is just soooo damn good. Check out the brush strokes on the sun's reflections on the water, and more so the burning red sun itself.
Sunrise by Monet at the Marmottan ----------->
NOTE: Thanks to Barb&Sean for the update.
Supposedly the Orangerie is finally reopening 5/17/06 (on a Wednesday?) per the info I received and the Orangerie website
with La Collection Jean Walter et Paul Guillaum
Here is one article I had found about an Orangerie reconstruction mishap:
It has been almost 8 years now.
Thanks for the update guys.
Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
Admission: 6.5 Euros (covered by your Carte Musee!)
Métro : 1, 8, 12 station Concorde
Bus : 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94 arrêt Concorde
tél. : 01 44 77 80 07
2, rue Louis-Boilly 75016 Paris Mo: La Muette
01 44 96 50 33
Full price : 7 Euros, not covered by Carte Musee (boo!!)
The Musée Marmottan is a heaven and haven of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. There are beautiful works by Caillebotte, Renoir, Manet, and the world’s largest assemblage of works of Monet— plus an impressive collection of illuminated manuscripts. This museum offers a not-overwhelming collection (as opposed to the Louvre, which is quite overwhelming). In a few hours you can see the entire collection. The museum, originally the hunting lodge of a duke, itself is quite beautiful; take a few minutes to visit the informative web site at http://www.marmottan.com/uk/sommaire/index.htm
Here you can see Monet's painting “Impression: Sunrise”— the painting that gave a name to a new art movement.
This museum is off the beaten path, but it is a must see if you are fond of Impressionist art (Monet's huge Waterlilies will dazzle you).
Muette (Ligne 9 : Pont de Sèvres - Mairie de Montreuil)
Boulainvilliers (ligne C)
Open 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day (except closed Mondays)- ticket window closes at 5:30
Admission: 8 € (students under 25: 4.50 €)
While away 2 lovely hours at the Marmottan, a museum in the 16th arrondissement of Paris that holds one of the best collections of Monets in the world.
Perhaps you'll get a chance to discuss the artwork with the docent: Monet, Manet, Berthe Morisot, Pisarro, Caillebotte. The knowledgable docent will tell you about the many periods of Monet and his influences on different styles of painting due to his changing styles throughout his life.
Notice that earlier works of Monet are more pastel and very much typical of the Impressionist style, while the later works border on the Expressionist with his many bold, garish colors that look Jackson Pollackesque when viewed up close & then "blend" into a recognizable scene when viewed much further away. You'll discover first-hand how Monet losing his eyesight later on in life affected his choice of colors rendering them almost as unrecognizable scenes.
10am- 6pm (except Mondays)
Registers close at 5.30pm
Closed Mondays,January 1,May 1, Christmas
Full price: 6.50€
Reduced price: 4€ (students under 25, amis du Louvre…)
Children under 8: FREE
Does not accept the Carte Musées et Monuments.
Click here for a photo of the Marmottan.
Photo: August 2005
Although it's a bit of a trek from the city centre to this museum (it's not far from the Bois de Boulogne), the Musee Marmottan is full of treasures and well worth seeing. It's best known for its great collection of Claude Monet paintings, which are in the basement. It's also worth going up to the 1st floor to see some other great Impressionist paintings.
The only minor drawback for me was that this museum wasn't covered by the Museum card, so I had to pay the 6.50 euro entrance fee. Well worth it, though.
The museum is open from 10am until 6pm daily except Monday (last entry 5.30pm).
This is a small private museum with a large and impressive collection of impressionists, mostly Monet himself. There are about a dozen of his large Nympheas canvases done in different lights. Also, here is his "Impression of Sunrise" which is said to have started, and given the name to, the Impressionist Movement. There are also paintings by Morisot, Renoir and Camille Pissarro, some of Monet's Impressionist collegues. It is a great museum and you can see all of it without suffering 'art fatigue."
It's worth it for 'Impression soleil levant' alone. Refreshingly not too busy for a Parisian museum.