After two days of rest, visiting with JP, and doing laundry we ventured across the city yesterday to visit Musee de L’Orangerie. This museum houses Monet‘s Waterlilies masterpiece. The artist himself designed the space where the 8 massive canvases cover the walls. It is a tour du force of impressionism. Silence is the rule in the two chambers and no photographs are allowed. This was a change from 2011 when we snapped pictures freely. Museum curators seem to change the photography rule at will without explanation.
The basement of the museum houses a collection put together by Paul Guillaume in the early 20th century. It covers approximately 1880-1930. This collection is one of the best we have seen anywhere, particularly for that period. Mr. Guillaume had impeccable taste and the money to buy the best. He wanted to establish a museum of modern art, but died before accomplishing that desire. His wife completed the task, ceding the collection to the State in 1959.
How does one summarize a collection that includes Rousseau, Modigliani, Laurencin (the only female artist in the collection), Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Cezanne, Renoir, Soutine, and Utrillo? There are portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and much more. As I wandered the rooms I noticed that most of the artists portrayed women in some way. Therefore, here is my slide show of The Women of l’Orangie. If you want to see the still lifes and landscapes you will have to come to Paris. I have only included the artists’ names as captions to save having to type all the painting titles.
After our visit to l’Orangerie we went into The Tuileries for some refreshment. Our tea and sandwich arrived with a thunderstorm, so we took shelter under an awning with a lovely couple from Great Britain. We chatted with Keith and Sheila Moore for some time about art, gardening, and retirement. (Three of us are already retired and Keith is about to at the end of the year.) Soon we parted company after exchanging addresses.
In the evening JP accompanied us to a return visit to a fabulous Indian vegetarian restaurant we dined at in 2011. Krishna Bhavan is worth a visit if you are in Paris. Whether you are vegetarian or not, if you like Indian food, this is the place for you. We enjoyed a lovely dinner and then walked back to the Metro for the ride home.
Today we are staying close to the apartment doing blog posts (this one), painting, and will be going to a small soiree at the local public garden. This is sort of like a P-Patch in a small vacant corner lot nearby. Our friend Elli was involved with this garden before she died last year. Jean and I visited the garden and met several of the gardeners in 2011. JP has continued to be involved with the garden. Tonight they are having a get together with apertifs to which we have been invited with JP.