Claude Monet’s Secret Garden

It was only after my most recent visit to Paris that I learned of Musée Marmottan Monet, home of the single largest collection of Claude Monet works in the world. I’ve been to Monet’s home and gardens at Giverny, which I wrote about here, and am in love with Musee l’Orangerie mostly because of the purpose-built rooms highlighting Monet’s Nymphéas (Water Lilies) series.

I’m no Monet expert, but I do really enjoy his work. So how did I not know about Musée Marmottan Monet? And how long before I could return to Paris to visit the gallery myself?

Le sigh.

As luck would have it, I don’t need to rush to buy airline tickets anytime soon because Musée Marmottan Monet decided to come to me instead! Well, not really.. but the museum just so happened to have an exhibit called Claude Monet’s Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery over the Summer. It was the only North American stop, so I felt extremely lucky to live within walking distance.


I really enjoyed my visit, complete with a stop for brunch in the bistro upstairs, and wandered the exhibit not once but twice. Included was a short film about Monet, which gave me more insight into his life and the early stages of the Impressionist movement. And of course, the gift shop was full of beautiful items and I walked away with a tea towel to add to my ever-growing collection.






If you’re interested in checking out the rest of my photos from my visit to the exhibition, check out my album here.

– Marla





4 thoughts on “Claude Monet’s Secret Garden

  1. Hi Marla,
    Was excited to find your post about Monet. I recently explored Monet during the Blogging A-Z April Challenge. I wasn’t planning to include Monet. However, most of the artists I like are expressionists and rather intense and I really felt I needed a breather and headed off to visit Monet’s Garden That’s when I first heard about the Musee l’Orangerie and wished I’d gone there when I was in Paris as a 22 year old back in 1992. Yet, at the same time, I know I was in a different space then and I do feel that I really did make the most of absorbing as much art as I could in the time available.
    Unfortunately, getting back to Europe so far has been beyond me, but I have gone back to Paris on Google earth and walked the streets again and last night I became very animated watchiong a movie called Unknown starring Liam Neilson which was set in Berlin. I spent a week there living in an East Berlin student house and it looked just like something out of the movie.
    Best wishes,

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    1. Thanks Rowena, so nice to receive your feedback (it means people actually read our blog!) I hope you get back to Paris one day. Completely understand about needing to be in the right headspace to fully appreciate a place. I’m thankful that my Western Europe travel only began in my 30s so I can appreciate it the way I’m able to now.

      I’ve not seen the movie you mention but will keep an eye out for it. Popping over to your blog now. (Search for Giverny on our blog to check out my visit to. Monet’s home if you’ve not already. It truly is an amazing property!)

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