Claude Monet (1840-1926) is often regarded as the archetypal Impressionist. Monet was a leader in his own right. His artwork reflected radical ideas and styles and thusly influenced his fellow artists, and those to follow.
This in-depth look at Monet's prolific career will first take you to an exceptional 18th century former private residence and then to the recently renovated Orangerie in the Tuileries Gardens. The walk begins at the Musee Marmottan, once home to Empire collector Paul Marmottan, which houses the largest collection of Monets in the world. We will start our walk by visiting the specially built basement gallery where we will be given an exceptional overview of Monet's work from his early caricatures to his late abstract works of the lily pond in Giverny. One of the highlights is Impression Soleil Levant, the work that provoked the originally derogatory label 'Impressionism' for the avant-garde painters of the late 1800s. We will also enjoy a number of works by Monet's friends and contemporaries, such as Caillebotte, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley and the much underestimated female Impressionist, Berthe Morisot.
After a quick bus ride we will continue with our study of Monet by visiting his now famous grandes decorations, commissioned by the state and housed in the Orangerie since their completion. The recently renovated museum showcases these works in two monumental oval rooms, giving us time and space to meditate on their timeless beauty.
The walk concludes with a visit of the collection of Paul Guillaume, housed in the new basement galleries of the museum. We will be able to discuss the influence of Monet on many of his successors by looking at works by Cezanne, Renoir, and Rousseau.
|Duration: 3.5 hours|
|Venues: Musée de l'Orangerie, Musée Marmottan Monet|
|Incidentals: Entrance tickets to Marmottan and Orangerie, métro ticket- $22|
The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne. She currently works for the French National Art History Institute on special cultural events. Since she loves literature, ballet, theatre, opera, jazz clubs, and classical concerts—she has been playing the piano since she was 9—Paris and its artistic life are a perfect fit.
A native Parisian, Laure-Caroline Semmer, completed her PhD at the Sorbonne, with a focus on Paul Cezanne, and other impressionists, on which subjects she has published three books; Lire la peinture de Cezanne (Larousse 2006) and Les oeuvres de l'Impressionnisme (Larousse 2007), l'Art Abstrait (Larousse, 2010), in addition to contributing to various French publications on art history. She currently teaches art history at the Sorbonne University, the University of Connecticut study abroad program and also fine arts at the Ecole de Communication Visuelle. Laure-Caroline is extremely passionate about art and art history, and tries to convey this passion to the people she teaches.
Marie Theres Berger
Marie Theres Berger is a painter who has made Paris her home for more than two decades. She works in her studio in Montmartre and shows her paintings in galleries in Europe and the United States. She studied history at the University of Cologne, Germany and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia before coming to Paris to study art history at the Ecole de Louvre. Her knowledge of art history is enhanced by her practical painting experience. Beyond a purely academic approach this enables her to convey the emotional dimension of the artwork and to focus attention on the act of creation. She loves to share her passion for art and painting and is fascinated by the 19th-century artistic heritage of Paris, its art movements, and urbanism.
Sandrine holds an MA in Art History and Museology from the École du Louvre, Paris. She is the author of “Sandrine’s Paris”, published by BBC Books, and writes articles and features for the UK press. In 2007, she presented the BBC series “Paris” which has been broadcast in the UK and all over the world. Additionally, Sandrine has worked as an art curator in France and in the film industry in London. Having lived in Paris for most of her life, she’s passionate about the stories behind the façades and loves sharing the City of Light’s hidden gems.