Musée Marmottan Monet

Musée Marmottan - Metro : Muette - 2, rue Louis Boilly 75016 Paris

    The collection of the Musée Marmottan consists largely of paintings by Monet, bequeathed, along with the family's former residence, a nineteenth century hotel particulier, to the Académie des Beaux-Arts by the wealthy industrialist Jules Marmottan and his son, art historian and collector, Paul Marmottan. Among the paintings is Monet's Impression, Soleil Levant, (Impression, Sunrise, 1872), a rendering of a misty sunrise over le Havre. Its title was borrowed by critics to give the Impressionist movement its name.  In october 1985, the painting, along with eight others, was stolen from the gallery.  After a police operation lasting five years and extending as far afield in Japan, the paintings were discovered in a villa in southern corsica - they're now back on show with greatly tightened security.  There's a dazzling collection of canvases from Monet's last years at Giverny, including several Nympheas, le Pont Japonais, l'Allée des Rosiers, and le Saule Pleureur, where rich colors are laid on in thick, excited whorls and lines. To all intents and purposes, these are abstractions, much more "advanced" than the work of, say, Renoir, Monet's exact contemporary, some of whose paintings are on display, as are those of other Impressionists, including Berthe Morisot.

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