Of Orange Trees and Waterlilies - Perspectives No. 371
Of Orange Trees and Waterlilies
The Musée de l'Orangerie was originally built to overwinter the orange trees that lined the garden of the Tuileries Palace in Paris. In 1852, Emperor Napoleon III ordered the building to be designed and constructed along the Seine River, a stone and glass greenhouse structure complete with decorative elements matching those on the Palace itself.
Sadly, Monet did not live to see the museum inaugurated by Georges Clémenceau. The Musée National de l’Orangerie des Tuileries was attached to the Louvre in 1930. Through the next several decades it was redesigned to show major national exhibitions. Subsequent renovation projects provided space to house the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection of artwork, and allowed the museum to become an independent national museum, separate from the supervision of the Louvre.
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