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Marmottan Monet Museum: An Underappreciated Gem

By December 12, 2013

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It's easy to presume that Paris' Musée d'Orsay holds the most impressive collection of paintings and sketches from beloved Impressionist Claude Monet-- the permanent exhibition does include some of the artist's more iconic paintings-- but the lesser-known Musée Marmottan-Monet in fact houses the world's largest holding of works by Monet.

The intimate museum, tucked away in a quiet stretch of the city's posh 16th arrondissement (district), was created when a friend of the Monet family and the artist's son, Michel, bequeathed some 130 paintings, drawings, and other artifacts-- making the collection a highly personal one. Especially If you missed last year's much-lauded Monet retrospective at the Grand Palais, take some time to explore the Marmottan Monet museum: it'll give you a less caricatural perspective on the artist whose most famous paintings have fueled a booming industry of coffee mugs, tablecloths and table coasters, and prove you probably don't know everything there is to know about his remarkable body of work.

Read More: Visitors' Guide to the Musée Marmottan Monet

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December 20, 2013 at 10:57 am
(1) jeanne simonoff says:

this is one of my favorites for a visit each year i come to paris in june. i loved the exhibit on berthe, and marie laurencin, last year. put it on your must do list the next time you are in paris.

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