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Marmottan Monet Museum
art museum in Paris, France
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Marmottan Monet Museum
art museum in Paris, France
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2 Rue Louis Boilly
Paris
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Love impressionist art? Then put down the croissant and get your derriere to the Marmottan Monet!

This building houses over three hundred impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, one hundred of which are by Claude Monet himself. Now filled with beautiful paintings of sunsets and flowers, the house was originally a hunting lodge. I imagine it filled with guns and taxidermy animals, a true man cave. We’ll take portraits of ladies in pretty dresses, thankyouverymuch.

In 1985, Musee Marmottan Monet experienced quite an art theft. Five masked gunmen burst into the museum and held the security guards and visitors up at gunpoint. They proceeded to grab nine paintings, including Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, the painting from which the impressionist movement got its name! Quel horreur! These paintings were valued at about $12 million. Luckily, the work was soon recovered when a tip led the police to the doorstep of Shuinichi Fujikuma, a Japanese gangster who had recently served time for trafficking heroin. From heroin to art, I'd say he’s moving on up in the world.

 

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Musée Marmottan Monet

Musée Marmottan Monet is located at 2, rue Louis Boilly in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and features over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, including his 1872 Impression, Sunrise. It is the largest collection of his works.

The museum also contains works by Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and others. It also houses the Wildenstein Collection of illuminated manuscripts and the Jules and Paul Marmottan collection of Napoleonic era art and furniture.

Marmottan Museum's fame is the result of a donation in 1966 by Michel Monet, Claude's second son and only heir.

The nearest métro station is La Muette, on line 9.

Check out the full Wikipedia article about Musée Marmottan Monet.