The Best Works Of Claude Monet In The Museums Of Paris

Impressionism lovers can enjoy a good part of the works of one of its greatest exponents in different museums in Paris. We are going to see where to admire Monet’s works.
The best works of Claude Monet in the museums of Paris

To name Claude Monet is to speak of impressionist art, an artistic style with which Paris has been closely identified, since it was a generation of painters who painted the city and its surroundings, renewing its image and all the aesthetics of art. In fact, Monet is the one who is considered the inventor of Impressionism. Therefore, we cannot think of a better place to discover his work than in Paris.

Although in the beginning the Impressionist painters, led by Monet, were rejected by the elite and academics of the time, today the acceptance of their art is total. So much so that his work hangs in some of the most important museums in the city. In which ones? Now we will tell you.

Monet at the Musée d’Orsay

Lunch on the grass

Monet's "Lunch on the Grass"

Claude Monet had an important reference in his work. And that was Édouard Manet, who marked his particular beginning of modern painting with his Breakfast on the Grass .

Well, the best tribute that Monet could do him was to paint this work in 1865Lunch on the Grass . Both can be seen today in the same place: the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Women in the garden

Monet's "Women in the Garden"

When he first showed this canvas from 1866, he was forbidden to exhibit it in the Official Salon, since it was seen that it was another step in impressionism, which now reached human figures, such as those of these women.

And it is that they are figures that he has not drawn, but has composed them of brushstrokes of color, so that they seem to vibrate. That is the impressionism that we will continue to talk about in the following works!

Poppies

Monet's Poppy Field

We are facing one of the most popular paintings by Claude Monet. A work that he did in 1873 and whose theme could not be simpler: a field with poppies in bloom, giving life and color to the dry and yellowish herbs of summer.

And there are two figures walking around . They are his wife and son, who served as models for countless works.

Regattas in Argenteuil

"Regattas in Argentouil" by Monet

The town of Argenteuil, near Paris, was the artist’s true refuge. There he spent long periods of time and invited other colleagues, such as Renoir or Manet, to work with him.

And it is that the site fascinated him for its forests, its bridges and the river. A river that he painted many times, as on this occasion, during a day of regattas. A scene that had everything for him: light, movement, effects in the water … That is, impressions.

San Lázaro Station

Monet's "San Lazaro Station"

The railway stations gave him the same: a different lighting environment, with the movement of the trains, the passengers and, in addition, the magic of the smoke from the locomotives.

This is what this 1877 painting of the former Saint Lazarus station in Paris portrays for us. By chance of fate, the image has returned to another station, since originally the Musée d’Orsay was a railway station.

London Parliament

Monet's "Parliament of London"

Monet traveled to England and was captivated by a light so vastly different from what he was used to. He was fascinated by the mists over the river Thames, enveloping its bridges and leaving an almost ghostly vision of Big Ben. That was painted several times in 1900, including this canvas.

Monet at the Marmottan Museum

The Marmottan Museum safeguards one of the best collections of Impressionist art that can be seen in the world. A collection of private origin that grew over time, to which even Monet’s own son donated many paintings to shine alongside those of other Impressionist masters.

In total, more than 60 paintings by Monet are preserved here, a more than considerable number. And in them you can see all the evolution that this extraordinary and renovating painter was taking. Where is the Marmottan Monet found? On Carrer Louis Boilly in Department XVI, very close to the Bois de Boulogne.

Impression, sunrise

Monet's "Impression, Dawn"

We said that the Marmottan Museum has a huge collection of paintings, drawings and studies by Monet, but few of the works that it hoards have the meaning of this canvas : Impression, sunrise .

After all, it was this 1872 work that gave the impressionist movement its name. Look closely, because it is the impression of a specific moment of sunrise, if you paint it a few minutes later, the painting would already be different.

The snow train

Monet's "Train in the Snow"

Claude Monet painted railway stations on numerous occasions, as we have already seen. But he also portrayed trains outside of them. And it is that this means of transport was the most modern of the time and, therefore, it was an ally of the new painting.

All without forgetting the plasticity of the railroad, much more outstanding if the background is a snowy field as in this canvas from 1875.

Mount Kolsaas in Norway

Monet's "Mount Kolsaas"

The artist, wherever he went, was always loaded with his notebooks, his paintings and his canvases. So of all his trips, long or short, he used to bring works.

One example is this canvas from Mount Kolsaas, which he made after a trip to Norway in 1895. A trip that gave him the opportunity to paint landscapes he was not used to.

The Tuileries

Monet's "Tuileries"

But in addition to his travels, the vast majority of Monet’s canvases feature the places where he lived, especially Paris.

In fact, both he and the impressionist painters such as Pissarro or Renoir were very concerned with painting the urban landscapes of the Gallic capital. That is what we see in this image of the Tuileries Gardens in 1876.

Monet at the Petit Palais

This mansion is one of the most apparent and unknown jewels of Paris, since it is the Museum of Fine Arts that is often overlooked when compared to the great Parisian museums. And that despite the fact that it holds more than a thousand works from the entire history of art.

 Sunset over the Seine, winter effect

"Sunset on the Seine" by Monet

The Musée d’Orsay and the Marmottan house the vast majority of Monet’s pieces on display in Paris. But in the elegant Belle Époque rooms of Le Petit Palais also hang works by the artist. One is the delicate work Sunset over the Seine, winter effect.  A work that he did in the year 1880.

Monet in the Orangerie Museum

And Monet’s tracks through the museums of Paris lead us to the Musée de l’Orangerie, located at one end of the Tuileries that the same painter portrayed. The building was built to be an orangery, but today it houses a fantastic collection of paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Water lilies

Monet's water lilies
Lily pads

This museum keeps the set of his latest works, those that already being an old man and almost blind he made in his house in Giverny. There he painted his pond with water lilies hundreds of times, and the result is unique, exceptional and key works to understand all the art of the avant-garde of the twentieth century.

Excursion to Giverny

Monet's Garden at Giverny
Monet’s Garden in Giverny – JJG53 / Flickr.com

For those who still wish to trace Monet’s footsteps while in the Gallic capital, we recommend an excursion to Giverny. It is a town in the neighboring region of Normandy and about a 90-minute drive.

There, what was the master’s house awaits for more than 40 years, from 1883 until his death in 1926. A place to discover not only his art, but also his most intimate life, since his house, his workshop and the gardens in which the painter spent hours before making paintings like the one of the Water Lilies seen in the Orangerie.

In this way, the visit to Giverny can perfectly close the journey through the life and work of Monet that we began in the museums of Paris.

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