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“If you're into art, add this to your list” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Musee de l'Orangerie

Musee de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries - Cote Seine, 75001 Paris, France (Louvre / Palais-Royal)
+33 1 44 77 80 07
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“If you're into art, add this to your list”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

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.

Visited September 2013
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“L'Orangerie...a revelation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I visited L'Orangerie about 30 years ago and enjoyed it greatly. This time, it was a revelation! The Monet Water Lilies murals are obviously a highlight, but the real jewel in the exhibits is downstairs, in the Collection of Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume. This collection of paintings from the last 100+ years or so was nothing short of spectacular. Renoir, Picasso, Cezanne, Sisley, Matisse, Laurencin, Modigliani...the list goes on and on. L'Orangerie is arge enough to give you an amazingly wonderful view of this era of painting, yet small enough so you won't suffer "museum feet." For the next few months, Renoir's final painting is on loan and displayed. You won't regret spending an hour or so here...well worth it!

Visited August 2014
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“Waterlilies to sooth your soul”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Travelling with two teenagers and a husband who can take or leave (preferably leave) galleries I wanted our week in Paris to include one galler - and choose this as : a) Monet's waterlilies
b) small and compact. Everyone loved the waterlilies - they really will take your breath away and small is beautiful!

Visited August 2014
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A small but lovely museum containing Monet's beautiful Waterlilly series. Also on display, a small but very interesting collection of art including Picasso, Rousseau and Renoir.

Visited August 2014
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“Small, Gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We got the package of the l'Orangerie and Musee d'Orsay ticket, and I highly recommend it. The bottom level of this museum is nice, but the main attraction, Monet's lilies, is spectacular. My family felt like this was one of the less crowded places in paris, yet just as worth seeing. The paintings will take your breath away! There's nothing like it...

Visited July 2014
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