Exhibition at the sources of the water lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie

By Cécile D. Photos by Cécile D. Posted on January 14, 2022 at 11:13 am

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Their goal was to add beauty to everyday life: Impressionist artists used their talent in surprising ways to make it happen. With the exhibition At the sources of the water lilies: the impressionist decor, discover how painting can illuminate a house. To see at the Musée de l’Orangerie from March 2 to July 11, 2022.

« It has been the dream of my life to paint walls », Confessed Edgar Degas. Better known for his dancers than for his murals, the painter shared an ambition common to many artists. impressionists : they wanted to use their art to decorate the places around them, thus bringing beautiful in everyday life inhabitants.

the Orangerie Museum highlights this little-known fashion phenomenon these days, through the exhibition At the source of the water lilies: the impressionist decor. An exhibition to discover from March 2 to July 11, 2022.

Today, impressionist art is more admired in museums. We run the exhibitions, to discover the paintings of the great masters of the genre, or we sit in front of the Nymphéas from Claude Monet, honored by the Musée de l’Orangerie. However, impressionist artists did not hesitate to experiment and paint on all available media: fans, ceramics, objects, bas-reliefs, walls …

These painters liked to create for the simple pleasure of the senses. Represent a landscape just to immortalize its beauty, without hiding meaning behind the flowers. Decorate everyday objects to bring a little cheerfulness to the house …

The exhibition At the source of the Water Lilies: the impressionist decor therefore reveals to us this hidden side of the history of the artistic movement. This aspect which was the subject of much mockery in the 19th century, and which made it possible to question artistic practice and aesthetic reflection. The Impressionists saw in art an objective: to make something beautiful to flatter the eyes, quite simply.

The Musée de l’Orangerie therefore unveils the works of Cassatt, Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro or even Renoir. These pieces are shipped from all over the world to France, some of which will be exhibited for the first time in front of an audience. The exhibition brings together 80 paintings, fans, ceramics or drawings, 80 works whose primary interest was to “brighten up the walls. ”

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The Musée de l’Orangerie offers us a stroll almost epicurean : empty your mind of all worries, and come and admire the works of the Impressionists, thinking only of pleasing your senses. So let’s go ?

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