Detail from le matin clair aux saules by Claude Monet.
Claude Monet, born Oscar Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926), was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.
The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).
The Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located in Paris.
It contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Chaim Soutine, Alfred Sisley and Maurice Utrillo among others.
The gallery is on the bank of the Seine in the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace on the Place de la Concorde.
A cycle of Monet’s water-lily paintings, known as the Nympheas, was arranged on the ground floor of the Orangerie in 1927.
The museum was closed to the public from the end of August 1999 until May 2006. The Orangerie was renovated in order to move Les Nympheas to the upper floor of the gallery.
They are now available under direct diffused light as was originally intended by Monet.
The eight paintings are displayed in two rooms. They are:
1) Le Matin aux saules
2) Le Matin clair aux saules
3) Reflets d’arbres
4) Les Nuages
5) Soleil couchant
6) Reflets verts
7) Les deux saules
Posted by >dominotic on 2011-03-25 03:53:36