Paris – The Musée de l’Orangerie Basement!
The spectacular Musée de l’Orangerie has the enormous Monet waterlily series of paintings and it blows you away to walk amid his ponds. But that’s upstairs! Don’t miss the light-flooded basement, the Walter-Guillaume galleries, reopened after extensive construction in 2006.
There are some jewels here: Renoir and Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse. 22 Soutines! And a particular favorite of mine: Kees van Dongen who I love because of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Woman with Cat.
What a great place to learn about art by reproducing it. I remember my last year of high school at the Milwaukee Art Museum where there is a painting I hated (Fragonard’s The Shepherdess.) My teacher had me spend several hours with it, drawing it, and I fell in love with it. There is much to be learned from copying another’s work.
This place was quite a feast for the eyes. Next time you get to Paris don’t miss it!