20 August 2013

The temple for impressionist artist

Amongst the major Parisian buildings, the Marmottan Monet Museum is without a doubt one of the most beautiful. Located in the heart of an old hunting pavilion dated from the 18th century, this particular hotel handed by the collector Paul Marmottan to the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Academy of Fine Arts) in 1934. Privileged place of the First French Empire and impressionism, its devoted to the works of Claude Monet, and also showcases the legacy of his second son, Michel Monet.

Claude Monet’s most important collection in the world
Caricatures of personalities from Le Havre at Nymphéas, from the beach in Trouville to the Saint-Lazare Station, all the major works from this Impressionism pope are present here. An important collection that gave the final name to the museum. Far from displaying only the paintings of this master, it also shows the works of Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, or even Henri Rouart.

Berthe Morisot, the inventive impressionist
Amongst these men, a woman slides through this prestigious list: Berthe Morisot (1841-1895). The most renowned of impressionist women was never included in a Parisian retrospective up until half a century ago. The Marmottan Monet Museum redeemed itself and will be showing until July 1st 2012, over 150 pastels, paintings, watercolors and charcoals of this artist. Throughout this event, we learnt that she was the only one to mix Renoir’s design to Monet’s dissolution of forms. A good reason to discover her work, two steps away from Trocadéro.

Musée Marmottan Monet
2, rue Louis-Boilly
75016 Paris
T.: +33 (0)1 44 96 50 33

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