After checking in our back packs and paying the €7.50 entrance fee (an extra €5 if you wanted to use the audio set), we entered the Musee de L'Orangerie art gallery where we spent a few minutes in two large oval rooms each housing four very large murals by Monet. All the murals were of the water lily lake in his famous garden and looked very similar.
We then took a set of stairs that led downwards to a number of smaller, connected rooms which hosted paintings by a group of artists known as The Macchiaioli. Macchia, meaning "stain" or "blot" was a group of painters which included Signorini, Boldini, Lega, Picasso, Renoir, Degat and Matisse, amongst others. Originally a term of ridicule, it was later adopted by the group to explain their approach and technique which was a break away from the neoclassical and romantic tradition to a new style with a focus on the outdoors and light.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this one thoroughly enjoyed viewing the paintings by famous artists despite not knowing a great deal about art.