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Musée Marmottan Monet.
Originally a hunting lodge near the Bois de Boulogne, this property was bought by Jules Marmottan in 1882 and transformed into a mansion by his son Paul Marmottan. The father was passionate about collecting works of art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. And his son Paul loved pieces from the First Empire.
Upon his death in 1932, Paul Marmottan bequeathed his mansion and collections to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. It opened to the public as a museum in 1934.
For nearly a century, the museum has benefited from legacies and donations of an unparalleled scale. In 1966, Michel Monet, the last direct descendant of Claude Monet, bequeathed his father’s collection of 89 paintings. This museum houses the most extensive Monet collection in the world.
Some of the paintings in this video are part of the current temporary exhibit. Available until August 21, 2022, “The Theatre of Emotions” brings together almost eighty works dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, coming from private collections and prestigious French and international museums.
This stunning, evocative exhibition retraces the history of emotions and their pictorial expression from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century. Emotion, with its “often intense reactions,” is systematically present in the visual arts, where it is explored, sought out, and translated in many ways. Emotion is frequently the meaning behind many of these works and is used to suggest the flesh and stimulate curiosity. All its expressions are illustrated there: from suffering to joy, enthusiasm to terror, and pleasure to pain.
At the end of this video, I share a moment as I stepped out of the museum and into the neighboring Jardin du Ranelagh. A children’s orchestra played such lovely music for guests of the park. And the final shot is of a little boy on my metro ride home. He knew all the metro stops and conductor calls by heart!
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