The Water Lilies, American Abstract Painting and the last Monet at the Musée de l’Orangerie

Published by Elodie D. · Photos by Julie M. · Published on 16 April 2018 at 17h32 · Updated on 17 August 2018 at 18h43
Monet’s masterpiece, the Water Lilies are preserved at the Musée de l’Orangerie. If the uncommon composition is known by everyone, from April 13 to August 20, 2018, the Musée de l’Orangerie offers us a wonderful exhibition about the attraction of American abstract painters.

From April 13 to August 20, 2018, if you love Monet and American abstract painting from the 1950’s, run to Paris Musée de l’Orangerie. The exhibition The Water Lilies, American Abstract Painting and the last Monet returns on how the American public welcomes the last Monet.

On the second basement of the Musée de l’Orangerie, in the rooms adjacent to the 8 Water Lilies painting of the Musée de l’Orangerie collection (out of the 25 painted by Monet), the exhibition will display several Water Lilies alongside 20 works by artists from the American school of abstract art.

We’re in 1955, Alfred Barr introduced a large Water Lilies painting (W1992) at the New York Museum of Modern Art. This painting is described as a “bride between the naturalism of early Impressionism and the highly developed school of Abstract Art in New York”.

In New York, Claude Monet almost becomes the contemporary of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Neman, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Loui, Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Mark Tobey, Sam Francis, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Ellsworth Kelly considered as an “abstract impressionist”.

His paintings depicting the Water Lilies in the Giverny ponds, the reflections of the sky and the plants in the water, from the morning to the sunset, covering 100 meters long are one of the impressionist painter’s masterpiece, still very current!

Please note, at the entrance of the Water Lilies, a tribute is paid to Ellsworth Kelly, an American abstract artist who died in 2015 and whose work is still in dialog with Monet’s.

We can’t wait to visit it!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 13 April 2018 to 20 August 2018



    Jardin Tuileries
    75001 Paris 1

    M° Concorde

    entrée -26 ans, et 1er dianche du mois pour tous: Free
    tarif réduit: €6.5
    tarif normal: €9

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    Horaires : 9h-18h, fermé le mardi

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