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Notre Dame Cathedral: photos, description (Le Musee de l'orangerie)

If the tourist loves impressionism and post-impressionism, he simply must visit the Musee d'orsay. Here are the paintings of Matisse, Cezanne, Renoir, Utrillo, Gauguin, Rousseau, Sisley, Picasso, Modigliani and other artists. The pearl of the collection - the famous "water Lilies" by Monet.

Claude Monet decades wrote pond with water lilies, which he planted in his garden in Giverny. Mona told me once he realized how magical this looks like a pond, and since then, almost nothing else written. He created about 250 paintings in this series. To the end of his life Monet, nearly blind due to cataracts in both eyes, but continued to paint a pond with water lilies. In 1922 he completed eight large-format mural, which depicts the pond at different times of the day. Murals, which the artist considered his spiritual Testament, he offered a gift to the French state in honor of the end of the First world with the condition never to share pictures. For they selected was a former greenhouse in the Tuileries gardens.

This greenhouse was built in 1852 by the project of Firmin Bourgeois for orange trees of the Tuileries. The building is an architectural twin built the year before and standing in another corner of the garden court for ball games - jeu de Paume. And the jeu de Paume and Orangerie museums, but not immediately.The greenhouse was used variously: it has been a warehouse, and the examination room, and the place of accommodation of the mobilized soldiers. Of it is also satisfied - mainly machinery, animals, plants.

To post here is "Lilies", required alteration of the building. The chief architect of the Louvre, Camille lefèvre with the Monet has developed plans for reconstruction. Now "water Lilies" is two connected oval hall, which the Museum called the Sistine chapel of impressionism. On top of pouring smooth natural light, the entire room decorated in pale shades of grey and the walls a riot of colors. People sit on sofas in the middle of the hall and contemplate, then go to explore another part of the Museum's collection and then come back and again admire the "water Lilies".