Jul 19, 2010

Berthe Morisot, Au Bord du Lac (On the Lakeside), 1883. Oil on cnavas, 1883. Oil on canvas, 24 x 19 5/8 in. Musée Marmottan Monet. Gift of Annie Rouart

The Musée Marmottan Monet is located at 2, rue Louis-Boilly, 16 th arrondissement. It is famous for housing the world's largest collection of Claude Monet paintings. The museum is in a former hunting lodge belonging to the Duke of Valmy and close to the Bois de Boulogne.

Marmottan was a collector of paintings, furnishings, bronzes and other artifacts from the First Napoleon Empire era. Upon his death in 1932, he donated his home and art collection to Académie des Beaux-Arts, who opened his mansion as the Musée Marmottan in 1934.
The museum became famous following the death of Monet's son Michel in a fatal car accident in 1966. Michel, the only child of Claude Monet, left his father's collection of paintings to the Musée Marmottan, transforming the museum into a mecca for impressionist art.

Together with the Le Havre caricatures of around 1858 and continuing through to the water lilies, irises, Japanese bridges and rose arbours inspired by his garden at Giverny, the museum presents a unique opportunity to see major works from the various stages of the master's career and thus follow the development of his technique. Other impressionists whose work is displayed at the museum includes Degas, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Rodin and Sisley.

Station on Paris metro: La Muette