Monday, August 23, 2010

Musee Marmottan (Marmottan Museum) Paris

Musee Marmottan (Marmottan Museum) Paris

Visiting Museums
Rush to the Marmottan Museum to see its splendid collection of paintings by Claude Monet. The museum displays 65 masterpieces, including many Nympheas andn the famous "Impression soleil levant". This painting gave its name to the Impressionism. Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissaro, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet are among the famous impressionist painters. The Nympheas are waterlilies. Claude Monet painted them in his now famous garden of Giverny in Normandy, west of Paris. As the best impressionist landscape painter, Claude Monet brought color and light, expressed happiness and life emotions in his paintings. Everybody likes his friendly style. Located in a private house of the fashionable Auteuil Western district of Paris, the Marmottan Museum is a pilgrimage destination for lovers of impressionism.

History of Marmottan Museum
Originally a hunting lodge for the Duke of Valmy, the house at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne was purchased by Jules Marmottan in 1882 who later left it to his son Paul Marmottan. Marmottan moved into the lodge and, with an interest in the Napoleonic era, he expanded his father's collection of paintings, furniture and bronzes. Marmottan 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. Though originally a showcase for pieces from the First Empire, the nature of the museum's collection began to change with two major donations. In 1957, Victorine Donop de Monchy gave the museum an important collection of Impressionist works that had belonged to her father, Doctor Georges de Bellio, physician to Manet, Monet, Pissaro, Sisley and Renoir, and an early supporter of the Impressionist movement. In 1966, Claude Monet's second son, Michel Monet, left the museum his own collection of his father's work, thus creating the world's largest collection of Monet paintings. Jacque Carlu, then curator of the museum, built a special exhibition space for the Monet collection in a lower level of the museum. Inspired by the hall designed for Monet's Water Lilies murals in the Musée de l'Orangerie, the large, open room allows visitors to see a progression of Monet's work, as well as to view his canvases both up close and from afar. One of the most notable pieces in the museum is Monet's Impression, Sunrise (Impression, Soleil Levant), the painting from which the Impressionist movement took its name. The painting was stolen from the Musée Marmottan in 1985, but recovered five years later and returned to the permanent exhibit in 1991.

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2, rue Louis Bailly 75016 Paris

+33 (0)1 44 96 50 33

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