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?
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.