Our Escape to Paris featuring the Musée Marmottan Monet
Coming home from a trip is always a little bittersweet. I absolutely fell in love with Paris. The people, the food, the streets, the architecture, everything. But at the end of the trip, I was ready to come back home to paint, because of Claude Monet.
One of our first days in Paris, we visited the Musée Marmottan Monet, which was exactly what I needed, artistically-speaking. I wasn’t expecting much upon visiting this museum. Of course, I’m always in awe of the talent and history of these famous artists. However, I’m usually extremely intimidated. Instead of letting it guide and inspire me, I usually felt defeated. How could I ever achieve that level of success?
Well, the Musée Marmottan Monet was an entirely different experience. The first two stories of the museum are filled with artwork from Berthe Morisot to Monet’s closest friends. I was soaking in every brush stroke of this impressive collection of Impressionist paintings.
Then, we went into the basement of the Musée Marmottan Monet to find a massive collection of Monet. I could’ve gazed at them for hours. Instead of feeling completely, utterly hopeless, these Monet paintings were giving me permission to be an artist. Monet is a master at capturing the sightly imperfections of every moment. His focus on color was astounding. He painted things as they were, not as we’re told they are. We might be told the sky is blue – well, Monet paints it as it actually is.
I tried to scribble down techniques I loved from every painting, but I knew I’d only be able to retain the feeling, not every tiny detail. So, thanks Monet, my next collection will be very much inspired by you.
Included are photos of some of my favorite moments of our Paris trip! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take any photos in the Musée Marmottan Monet.