A visit to the Musée de l'Orangerie recently ended up being more than just a morning spent contemplating Monet's Water Lilies - one of the main draws of this museum - but a morning taking in the vast collection of art dealer Paul Guillaume and his wife Domenica, who bequeathed the entirety of their collection to the Museum. Guillaume was regarded as a dealer of Modern Art whose collection included everything from the impressionists to the cubists, to the fauvists, and an extensive collection of African masks - long before they were regarded as art. I took my time on this exhibition and learnt a great deal about the various schools of art and their influences.
The Orangeries de Tuileries - later to become the Musée de l'Orangerie - was constructed in 1852 and was designed to provide shelter for the orange trees that lined the garden of the Tuileries Palace. It went through several reconstructions
until finally becoming the final home for Monet's Water Lily paintings known as the Nympheas.