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“Not much of Monet's work”

Musee des impressionnismes
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Paris Private Trip to Giverny: Claude Monet's...
Ranked #4 of 5 things to do in Giverny
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One hour from Paris and Rouen, in one of the most beautiful villages of Normandy, the museum focuses on the history of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Throughout exhibitions of paintings, drawings and pictures, experience the art of the late 19th century to the present day, through a new approach. Useful information: The museum is open daily from March 30 to July 15 and from July 27 to November 4, 2018, from 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5:30pm). Fees: €7.50 (adult) / €5 (child 12-18 / student) / €3.50 (child 7-11) / free (children under 7). Our exhibitions in 2018: - "Japonisms / Impressionisms", from March 30 to July 15, 2018 - "Henri-Edmond Cross", from July 27 to November 4, 2018
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We visited this museum during our trip to Giverny to see Monet's house and gardens. I assumed there would be a good amount of Monet's work, and there were only a handful -- if that -- of his paintings hanging there. There was an exhibit of work by a Japanese impressionist, which was very nice. And a few lesser known European impressionists. Very small museum. If Monet is your main interest (or other well-known names like Degas & Pissarro) then save your time for the Musee d'Orsay.

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MDIG_Giverny, Chargée de communication at Musee des impressionnismes, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2015

Dear LAT681,

We are sorry that you were disappointed with our museum but happy that you found our Hiramatsu exhibition “nice”. There is no deceit: it is not musée Claude Monet and cannot be. There are absolutely no works by the master of impressionism here in Giverny. And indeed, going to Vernon, Rouen, Paris or Le Havre would be a complementary choice to see impressionist masterpieces. Having opened a few years ago, we have constantly strived to increase our own collection – and while we cannot afford to buy works by Monet, we work on pieces ‘around Monet’ – and to get some loans from our partners in order to get our visitors to be able to see a few Monet here in Giverny. The museum has a 600 square-meter exhibition space providing a good hour visit, alongside different activities such as the children’s corner or guided tours. We try and get people to discover new horizons in the field of impressionism and at the same time, our museum has received since its creation a large number of world-class masterpieces from all over the world and is internationally recognized for the quality of its exhibitions.

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The staff of the musée des impressionnismes Giverny

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

call in to the coffee shop /Bar before and after your visit to the museum you will enjoy your break and even have a bite to eat if you want to...
I did at the start of august 2013. after seeing the gardens we walked over and had coffee and a nice break before we headed off again lovely to sit and look and smell all the flowers that are around you.take in the views of all the lovely gardens A great place to sit and chat about all you have seen.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I visited the museum after Monet's garden and while a new, light filled building with a reasonably interesting collection I would say its worth a visit if you have time, but wouldnt made a special visit.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Expected to see Monet's work but only saw mostly work of Japanese artists. Try just walking around Giverny it's far more interesting

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MDIG_Giverny, Chargée de communication at Musee des impressionnismes, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2015

Dear oaptraveller378,

We are sorry that you were disappointed with our museum. We recommend our visitors to open their mind on different aspects of impressionism. There is no deceit: it is not musée Claude Monet and cannot be. There are absolutely no works by the master of impressionism here in Giverny. They are to be seen in Vernon, Rouen, Paris or Le Havre where a complementary visit would be a good idea. We cannot afford to buy works by Monet but strive constantly to get some loans from our partners in order to let our visitors see a few Monet here in Giverny. We are proud of our Hiramatsu – a single artist by the way – exhibition because it was in total harmony with one of our core missions: make people discover the influence of Monet and impressionism even on contemporary artists and the ties that exist back and forth between Japanese art and French impressionism.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

The poster for this show looked interesting enough, and I liked the idea that a Japanese artist would respond to Monet, who himself was greatly influenced by Japanese prints, but i was not prepared though to be so bowled over by the show. The colours are incredible. Hiramatsu uses an old Japanese technique called Nihong - which I've never heard of before - combining pigments, a binder from cow tendons, alum, sometimes seashells, eye of newt for all I know. The result is the most astonishingly beautiful layers of clear brilliant colour, used wonderfully. I found the show a complete knockout.

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