It is 4 years since I’ve been living in the French capital and although I have by large not visited all museums, I lived in the illusion of at least knowing their existence. But this proved to be wrong when I recently visited the Musée Marmottan Monet.
The visit made me re-like impressionist art, which kind of had become a cliché to me simply because of its success. But as this museum is rather intimate and seemingly rather hidden from mass tourism, it took the hype back to a human scale. It was an art collector called Paul Marmottan who turned a former hunting pavilion into a place to store his favourite artworks and the museum still has this look and feel.
The ground and first floor are full of beautiful, classically decorated rooms. Temporary exhibitions are kept on the attic floor that contains modern but equally pleasant spaces.
I was surprised to see how many super well known paintings of Monet, Cézanne and the likes are kept here, as well as the (first, if not only) female impressionist painter Berthe Morisot. No artists that cannot be seen in the Musée d’Orsay, but if you’re willing to discover more the museum has a lot to offer.
Also the Marmottan Monet is located in the posh 16th arrondissement. An area that I never really go to, but occasionally its fancy avenues and Jardin de Ranelagh are a nice change from the busy and dirty city centre.