Le Musée de l’Orangerie is located centrally in the beautiful Tuileries gardens. It houses two prestigious collections: Les Nymphéas by Claude Monet, and the Walter-Guillaume collection. Monet painted Les Nymphéas (“The Water Lilies”) after the Great War, seeking an aesthetic and poetic dimension to his work to offer Parisians a place of peace and meditation as a refuge. The immense painting, inspired by his garden in Giverny, is showcased in two oval rooms across the walls, creating an intimate and impressive ambiance.
The Walter-Guillaume collection is the life work of Paul Guillaume, illustrating art in the first few decades of the 20th century. When Guillaume died in 1934 without fulfilling his wish to open a modern art museum, his wife completed the collection of modern classicist and impressionist works. Visit l’Orangerie and kill two birds with one stone!