Walk Description

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
Category: Art
Venues: Musée de l'Orangerie, Musée Marmottan Monet
Incidentals: Entrance tickets to Marmottan and Orangerie, métro ticket- €20.00
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    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.