As you can expect from reading the name of the museum, you will find lots of works by Claude Monet in Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet. It pleases its visitors with more than three hundreds of Claude Monet’s works, which is recorded as the largest collection of Monet owned by a museum. Other works displayed are from Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Signac.
The museum which is located in the 16 arrondissment also houses the Jules and Paul Marmottan Napoleonic era collection, the Windenstein Collection of illuminated manuscripts, and Italian and Felmish primitive paintings.
Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet: History
The building that houses Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet was originally a hunting lodge belonged to the Duke of Valmy. The hunting lodge then was bought by Jules Marmottan in 1882. Jules Marmottan was then known for being a collector of paintings, furniture, and bronzes. When he passed away, his son, Paul, inherited the lodge and moved there. This was the beginning of the birth of the museum.
Paul Marmottan turned to be very enthusiastic in expanding and his father’s collection. After a while, he donated all of the collection to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1934, the Academie then opened Marmottan’s art collection to public. That marks the time when the lodge changed function as a museum and given name Museum Marmottan.
The museum’s collection kept on expanding through the time. In 1957, Madame Victorine Donop de Monchy donated her private collection which she inherited from her father to the museum. The collection includes Monet, Manet, Sisley, Pissaro, and Renoir.
Michael Monet, the famous painter’s son, also donated his collection of her father’s paintings in 1966 to the museum. This donation was the reason why Musée Marmottan is now houses the largest collection of Monet paintings. For this collection, Jacques Carlu, the museum curator, built a room especially to house the entire collection.
Another collection also arrived in Musée Marmottan by Nelly Duhem, who inherited the collection from her parents, Henri Duhem and Mary Sergeant. As a painter himself, Henri Duhem was certainly a big admirer of artworks.
Over the years, works of Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Henri Rouart, Emile Bastien Lepage, Henri Le Riche, Cila Dreyfus, Vincens Bourguereau, and Edgar Degas joined other artworks in Musée Marmottan.
One of the most highly acclaimed collections in Musée Marmottan is the illumination set of Georges Wildenstein. This collection is dedicated to French and Italian illuminations in the 15th to 16th century. The collection includes The Mission of the Apostles by the Master of San Michele a Murano, Initial O The Dream of Saint Romuald by Attavante, Initial P Saint Prosdocimus Baptizing Vitalian by Girolamo da Cremona, the leaf from the Hours of Etienne Chevalier by Jean Fouquet, and the leaf from the Book of Hours of Louis XII by Jean Bourdichon.
Visiting Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet
The complete address of the museum is 2 rue Louis Boilly, 16 arrondissement, 75016, PAris. You can reach Musée Marmottan – Claude Monet by taking metro to La Muette station. That is the best way to reach the museum since it is quite off the metro or bus route.
Musée Marmottan opens everyday except Monday. Its visiting hour is from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Friday when the museum extends the visit hour to 8 pm. Please be noted that the museum is closed on January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.
The admission fee is 10€ for adults and 5€ during several occasions. Children under 7 years old are free of admission. Group visits up to 20 people must have prior reservation to enter the museum. A guide is provided by the museum.