Musee de l'Orangerie

The musee de l’Orangerie was built in a former Second Empire greenhouse for orange trees. Its main attraction, is obviously the Waterlilies painted by Claude Monet. In fact, they were offered to the French State to commemorate the end of World War I. They  consist of 8 great compositions, inspired by his water garden at Giverny.

The private collection of paintings from Impressionism to Modern Art is grouped by artist. Besides, there are several works by some of the most famous painters of the second half of the nineteenth century.

A guided tour more focused on women is available : Marie Laurencin  was one of the few female painters of the time. By the way, she was influenced by the Cubists and changed her palette for grey, pink and pastel tones. Her portrait of Coco Chanel did not please the fashion designer. In addition, Renoir is often associated with his opulent and sculptural female role models. 

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musée de l'orangerie waterlilies by Claude Monet


Entrance fee : 9 € per adult. Special price for groups. Limited to 25 people per guide.

Opening time : from 9h to 18h. Closed on Tuesdays.

Musee de l'Orangerie Renoir young girls at the piano


This tour shows the highlights of the museum, for approximately 1H30-2h.

Marie Laurencin portrait of Coco Chanel

Influential women at the Orangerie

Guided tour about the great women of the musee de l’Orangerie, including female painter Marie Laurencin, who did a portrait of Coco Chanel. And above all, the one at the origin of the current collection, Domenica.

My favorite museums

The Louvre is for sure the most famous museum in Paris but there are some less visited places also worthwhile. Visit Jacquemart-Andre museum which offers at the same time some fantastic Renaissance art pieces, furniture and decor dating back to the 18th century. This is one of the most marvellous mansions of Paris, where many receptions were made in the 19th century. Let me explain you the extraordinary life of Nelie Jacquemart who was one of the few female painters of the period. Rodin museum is also one of my favourite museum for its setting, its peaceful garden and the fantastic works done by one of the major sculptor of France. Camille Claudel, Rodin’ student and lover was an excellent artist too. Get a specific tour related with these exceptional women in both museums. Furthermore, don’t miss the Musee d’Orsay where women are so often represented.