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Musée Marmottan Monet – Virtual Tour

Paris.- Musée Marmottan Monet

Musée Marmottan Monet – Virtual Tour

Musée Marmottan Monet houses over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet.

The Museum’s most significant collection is the result of a donation in 1966 by Michel Monet, Claude’s second son and only heir.

A Virtual Tour of the Musée Marmottan Monet

Musée Marmottan Monet

Originally a hunting lodge for the Duke of Valmy, the house was purchased by Jules Marmottan in 1882, who later left it to his son.

Paul Marmottan eventually bequeathed his home and collection to the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

The Académie opened up the house and collection as the Museum Marmottan in 1934. The museum houses the Marmottan collection of Napoleonic era art and furniture.

The museum’s collection grew with donations. In 1957, Victorine Donop de Monchy gave the museum an outstanding selection of Impressionist works that had belonged to her father.

Her father was Doctor Georges de Bellio, physician to Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, and Renoir. He was an early supporter of the Impressionist movement.

In 1985, Nelly Duhem, adopted daughter of the painter Henri Duhem, donated his extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works to the museum. 

Today the museum also contains works by Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and others.

Highlights of the Musée Marmottan Monet

Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet

“Impression, Sunrise” by Claude Monet, was first shown at what would become known as the “Exhibition of the Impressionists” in Paris in1874.

This painting is credited with inspiring the name of the “Impressionist” movement. The title of the painting seemed to be chosen in haste for the urgent printing of the exhibition catalog.

However, the term “Impressionism” was not new. It had been used for some time to describe the effect of paintings of Manet and others; whos works featured loose brushwork and softness of form.

Japanese Bridge Paintings by Claude Monet – Musée Marmottan Monet

The Japanese Bridge by Claude Monet depicts the footbridge over the lily pond at Monet’s Giverney Gardens. In 1883 Monet turned a small pond on at Giverney into an Asian-influenced water garden.

Monet expanded his pond by diverting water from the Epte River. Monet surrounded the lake with a diverse arrangement of flowers, bushes, and trees.

He filled the basin with water lilies and added a Japanese-style wooden bridge in 1895. He then started painting the pond with its gardens, water lilies and Japanese Pond for the rest of his life.

Water Lilies by Claude Monet – Musée Marmottan Monet

The Musée Marmottan Monet has a large selection of the Water Lilies paintings from the series created by Claude Monet.

At the beginning of the 1900s, Monet created his most extensive set of paintings based on his water lily pond in his garden at Giverny, France. Monet first rented a house and gardens in Giverny in 1883.

As Monet’s fortunes improved with his increasing success, his painting sales, Monet was able to buy the house, the surrounding buildings, and the land for his gardens in 1890.

Gardens at Giverny Paintings by Claude Monet – Musée Marmottan Monet

Musée Marmottan Monet’s selection of paintings depicting different aspects of Giverny Gardens by Claude Monet includes Yellow Irises, Day Lilies, Roses, and Weeping Willow.

Monet first rented a house and gardens in Giverny in 1883. The house was situated near the main road between the towns of Vernon and Gasny.

As Monet’s fortunes improved with his increasing success, his painting sales, Monet was able to buy the house, the surrounding buildings, and the land for his gardens in 1890.

Weeping Willow by Claude Monet

Weeping Willow by Claude Monet (Musée Marmottan Monet) was among the final few easel-scale paintings that Monet made after World War I started in 1914. 

Monet failing eyesight was best suited for artworks in larger formats. Shadowy and writhing forms characterize the Weeping Willow paintings, express his grieving mood.

Weeping Willow by Claude Monet

Weeping Willow by Claude Monet (Musée Marmottan Monet) was among ten Weeping Willow paintings by 1919.

Monet failing eyesight was best suited for artworks in larger formats. Monet could hear artillery fire during the war, but he refused to leave, preferring to share the fate of his gardens. 

Saule Pleureur by Claude Monet

The Weeping Willow by Claude Monet depicts a Weeping Willow tree growing at the edge of his water garden pond in Giverny, France.

 It is one of a series of Monet paintings of this Weeping Willow. Shadowy and writhing forms characterize the Weeping Willow paintings, express his grieving mood.

These paintings were his mournful response to the tragedy of World War I.

Musée Marmottan Monet

  • Name:             Musée Marmottan Monet
  • City:                 Paris
  • Country:          France
  • Created:          1862
  • Type:               Art Museum
  • Address:          2, rue Louis Boilly in the 16th arrondissement of Paris

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“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.”
– Claude Monet

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Photo Credit: PIERRE ANDRE LECLERCQ [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

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