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Adventures in Arting Podcast: Artistic Fear

Musee de L'Orangerie

The famous Musee de L'Orangerie in Paris is known for its two oval rooms, each featuring four paintings by Monet.  You can read all about the specificity of the installation here.  It was quite wonderful to be surrounded by Monet's serene water lillies.  Take a peek (you'll notice that there's a photo that doesn't belong to Monet's water lillies -- 5 photos down -- but more about that in a minute):

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie
I enjoyed the water lillies.  But I loooooved the exhibit in the basement.  Just eye candy everywhere.  We begin with the straight-on view of that one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-others photo of a Joan Mitchell painting:

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie

I find Chaim Soutine's work quite compelling.  His landscapes and figures always look windswept.

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie

I know Andre Derain for his Fauvian landscapes.  I was quite interested to see his other work.  It feels so different!

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Musee de L'Orangerie
I'm pretty sure that I stumbled up the stairs, out of the basement full of masterpieces, just drooling.  I was blown away.  I loved the way the exhibit was arranged -- by artist.  It really gave me a chance to bathe in each artist's unique style.  Swoon.

Do you have a favorite?  I'd love to know!

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