Private visits of Parisian museums by a duo of specialist, bilingual, french-english experts.
Today, L’Art et ses Services offers a series of visits given by a « pair » of art historians: Chantal Grangé addresses the paintings and sculpture whilst Bérengère Lepine gives insight into the decorative arts. Bérengère Lepine, an art historian and perfectly bilingual guide, has recently joined L’Art et ses Services specifically for this new proposition.
Four half-day proposals:
The musée Nissim de Camondo:
Includes the Parc Monceau, the musée Camondo and the architectural wonders that grace the surrounding streets. Discover the “folies” of the Duke of Chatres, the Menier family’s town house and allow yourselves to be guided to the grand staircase of the musée Nissim de Camondo. A unique collection eagerly awaits your visit to reveal its 18th century masterpieces, composed of painting and furniture and to tell you the story of an exceptional family with an exceptional destiny.
The Louvre Museum:
The Louvre Museum offers an incredible journey through time: from the Cour Carrée (Square Courtyard) to I. M. Pei’s Pyramid, discover the major kings and architects who contributed to its construction. Follow our comprehensive tour, which will lead you from the Mona Lisa to the Seated Scribe, whilst passing through the Count d’Artois’s Turkish boudoir and Napoleon III’s luxurious salons. An in-depth voyage through several centuries of painting, enriched by a wealth of anecdotes relating to this ancient fortified palace which is today the largest museum in the world.
The musée d’Orsay:
We meet in front of Alfred Jacquemart’s Rhinoceros and Emmanuel Frémiet’s Young Elephant caught in a trap, two animal sculptures created for the World’s Fair of 1878, which have descended the hills of the Chaillot district to welcome us in the forecourt of this old station-turned-museum. In the main aisle, Auguste Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty stands tall on her bronze plinth, a lit torch in her right hand, enticing us to engage on a fabulous journey in the footsteps of artists who revolutionised 19th century European painting. These include Jean-François Millet, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh… The visit will conclude with an urge to waltz as you are transported to a 19th century party inside the sumptuous ballroom, adorned with crystal chandeliers and fabulous painted décors.
The Orangerie Museum:
This visit offers a panorama of the evolution of art from the end of the 19th century through to the 1930s and enables you to understand the innovations introduced by modern art. The visit encompasses works by Renoir, such as his Young Girls at the Piano, as well as paintings by major 20th century artists such as Le Douanier Rousseau, Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse and Soutine and reaches its climax in the Waterlilies room. In this series, one of the largest monumental painted works of the first half of the 20th century, a landscape of water interspersed with waterlilies, weeping willow branches and the reflections of trees and clouds unfolds beneath our dazzled eyes and gives “the illusion of a whole without an end, of a wave without a horizon or shore”, to quote Claude Monet. We understand why the Waterlilies had such an impact on the works of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko and how even today, this work of art in perpetual motion allows us to experience the charm and magic of the gardens of Giverny.