Subject: Re: day trips from paris
Thank you Amelia for the web site for the Musee Marmottan-Claude Monet. I really did not know about this,and I look forward to visiting the Musee Marmottan. Beautiful web site also.

I would like to point out that I believe that the difference between the Musee Marmottan and the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris, is that the latter museum has the permanent collection of Monet's les nympheas, water lilies, that he did as giant murals size paintings, each section of this study extends to about 40 to sixty feet in length, painted in three different sections. You walk into this room in the Musee de l'Orangerie and immediately are surrounded by a panorama of mural size paintings. The one subject is the water lilies in the pond that one can actually visit in Giverny, his home. When you stand in the middle of this room, the panorama is actually 360 degress of what appears to be three continuous paintings.Your vision is entirely immersed in Monet's views of his water lillies : in effect, you are not looking at one singular painting, but a panoply of sensual images of the pond and the water lillies in different styles of color. You are actually surrounded by this visual experience that has no comparison unless you have seen the Sistine Chapel where once again, you do no focus on a singular rectangular canvas, but the enormity of transforming one's visual sight into an emotional experience . I would say that the panorama of Monet's paintings les nympheas, is one of the world's great paintings that has no comparison in terms of impressionistic painting. and serves as a major landmark in the history of painting. The paintings at the Marmottan museum are sized about 89X100cm that I have read about and are also beautiful paintings of the water lilies,but rendered as singular rectangular paintings. The concept of looking at a singular painting, and the attempt to create a panorama of a scene is the major difference between these two major collections. Alors, the school of French painting in the 19th century certainly gave the world a new insight into a visual experience . I hope you visit Giverny, and try to see what Monet actually saw when he painted his masterpiece. Too bad his studio is now the bookstore, but his house is also on view and reflects the stability and timelessness he was so fortunate to enjoy. Thank you once again for the museums web site.

Best regards,

Larry