Musée Marmottan Monet

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Last Saturday we ventured out to the 16th arrondissement to visit Musée Marmottan Monet. This small boutique-like museum has more than thirty of Monet’s paintings, many of them being his water lilies. Other impressionists’ work includes Renoir, Rodin, Sisley, Morisot and others. The current exhibition is of Marie Laurencin’s porcelain paintings.

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Of all of Monet’s paintings, this was our favorite.

Our favorite was Berthe Morisot’s paintings because although it is impressionism, there was a blocky depth to it which adds definition and makes the painting stand out from the rest. Marie Laurencin’s work was also interesting, and I’m glad we went at the right time to see her collections. Her paintings entailed images of women with elongated faces and porcelain touches. I like the period when she incorporated red and yellow to her painting, rather than her usual black and pastels, because it created boldness. The pop of color was striking. In my opinion, Laurencin’s cubist paintings are different and unique. Besides having female subjects in her paintings, there are other feminine elements to them with the colors and the graceful strokes of the paint.

Berthe Morisot’s Paintings

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This little museum had many collections we liked, and we enjoyed our time there. It’s not extravagant like the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay, but it has a good selection of work I admire. It has earned a place as one of my favorite museums.

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