Sunday it was business as usual in Paris and for K & J -on the quest to see all impressionist art at least once, and in this case twice! K&J are happy to have momma K along and she had not visited some of the impressionist hot spots so we were happy to fit them in. In all told we went to 4 art museums across Paris in one day.
Also saw from a distance the Effiel tower and the Arc de Triomph. First stop on the edges of Paris proper was the Marmoten Museum of Monet. K & J were returning for the last day of a special exhibit that brought additional paintings to the galley. Momma K said it was her favorite stop of the day. Next we went to the Picasso Museum. Picasso was an admirer of Renoir and the collection had the 7 Renoir paintings Picasso owned in addition to well…..Picassos! Mainly from his cubest period.
Next we metro-ed to the Museum d’Orsay the holy grail of impressionist art. After standing in the rain with the masses for 20 min. to get in (per standard protocol) we zipped around the old favorites. It was chaotic and loud and really in may ways disrespectful of the art. Kids screaming and running through the exhibit rooms, people and their umbrellas wildly pointing, pushing and swinging around, a sea of humanity. Blah.
Then we dashed down the tree lined lane to the l’orangie, home to Monet”s 2 rooms of large wall panels of the 4 seasons. Momma K had not been before, plus it houses J’s favorite painting, 1st floor, hall to the right, second from the end. She has a print in her office but it was grest to see it in person again. The texture and brightness of the paint is everything. In between all this we managed to squeeze in a pitcher of sangria and tapas. We ordered in Spanish, French and English. When one of us (including waitress) did not understand we just tried a different language and it working out great. Oh yeah, and J got some magnets…..