"The Nympheas (2)" Orangerie Tip by hquittner

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The Monet "Nympheas" are France's Sistine Chapel Ceiling. The concept of a viewer surrounded by enormous canvas surfaces merging observer's mind and artist's expression began to develop in Monet shortly after 1900 and was completely developed by WWI when he had completed building a large studio to house the enormous canvases which could only be executed fastened down and protected indoors. On them light and color proceed from his garden's forms to formlessness. He remains the master of a controlling theme and variations which he has always employed (like Beethoven) reaching the edge of "Abstract Expressionism". The selection of the Orangerie as The Space was negociated by Georges Clemenceaux. (The need to use two connected unequal ovals compromised Monet's original vision). The recent renovations that put the panels in natural controlled light can only help. If you are an art lover, you can accept an abstract Monet; do not miss this! (our pictures ar from 1991 in the artificially lit lower rooms).

Address: Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris
Directions: End of Tuileries gardens, adjacent to Seine end of Place de la Concorde.
Phone: 01 44 77 80 07
Website: http://www.musee-orangerie.fr

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 12, 2008
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