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At the Source of the Water Lilies: The Impressionists and Decoration Musée de l'Orangerie

2 Mar 2022 — 11 Jul 2022

This exhibition invites you to explore an often-untold history of Impressionism. At the Source of the Water Lilies: The Impressionists and Decoration delves into the paradoxical notion of art as simple decoration, highlighting how the Impressionists forged a new path, with the conviction that art is made above all to “brighten up the walls" – to quote Renoir.

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This exhibition invites you to explore an often-untold history of Impressionism. At the Source of the Water Lilies: The Impressionists and Decoration delves into the paradoxical notion of art as simple decoration, highlighting how the Impressionists forged a new path, with the conviction that art is made above all to “brighten up the walls" – to quote Renoir.

See works sourced from all over the world in a whole new light, including some 80 paintings, fans, ceramics, and drawings, by the likes of Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro, and Renoir.

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In 1922 Claude Monet offered eight of his giant Water Lilies panels to the French state, as a way of commemorating the end of WWI. His only condition was that they be displayed in a suitable venue. The French government found the perfect spot: the Orangerie in the Tuileries Garden.

The Orangerie was built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees that lined the garden of the Tuileries Palace. For a period of time it was also used as a storehouse for goods, a bunk for soldiers, and as a flexible exhibition space. Monet's generous gift transformed it into the Musée de l'Orangerie, a pre-eminent gallery of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.

The huge (and hugely impressive) Monet paintings are definitely the main event, but they are far from the only reason to visit. The museum also contains works by Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir, and Rousseau, among others.

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Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00

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Musée de l'Orangerie, jardin des Tuileries, 75001, Paris
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