Renoir Gardens, Musée de Montmartre, Paris

Paris and Montmartre: the beating heart of the Impressionist scene

Be it in the cobbled streets of Montmartre or the exhibition rooms of Paris’s greatest museums, take a trip through time and discover the Impressionists’ depictions of the buzzing Paris scene.
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Under Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann transformed Paris, thrusting the city into the modern age.

Chroniclers of modern life such as Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Caillebotte were regular attenders at the new hotspots of Paris life: cabarets, brasseries, dances and operas, as well as parks, gardens and racetracks.

Montmartre: fiefdom of the Impressionist painters

The village of Montmartre has perpetuated that effervescence, teeming with cafés and nightspots steeped in history.

The Maison Bel Air is home to the Musée de Montmartre and the Jardins Renoir, a tribute to the iconic local painter who lived there.

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The best Impressionist collections in Paris museums

Paris and its museums offer spectacular settings for the finest collections of Impressionist art.

The Musée d’Orsay boasts the largest collection of Impressionist paintings anywhere in the world.

The Musée de l’Orangerie, situated at the end of the Jardin des Tuileries, is home to a spectacular set of Monet’s Water Lilies.

His greatest masterpiece, Impression, Sunrise takes pride of place at the Musée Marmottan Monet, home to the world’s largest collection of Monet’s works.

The museum also houses the most extensive collection of works by Berthe Morisot, who managed to impose her style and beliefs in what was a very closed and very male world.

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Our favourite Impressionnist experience

Explore the Impressionnist scenes in Paris Region

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Musée de Montmartre - Jardins Renoir
Musée de Montmartre & Renoir gardens
Art & culture
Tucked behind the Sacré-Cœur, this former artists’ haven allows visitors a giddy glimpse of Montmartre life during the Belle Époque, the neighbourhood’s cultural heyday.
Famile, Nymphéas de Monet
Musée d’Orsay
Art & culture
Set in a former railway station, the magnificent Musée d’Orsay is known across the world for its unique collection of Impressionist paintings.
Musée de l'Orangerie
Musée de l'Orangerie
Art & culture
Home to masterpieces from Monet’s Water Lilies cycle, the Orangerie Museum, nestled in the Tuileries Garden, also holds a prestigious art collection spanning Impressionism to Modernism.
Musée Marmottan Monet
Musée Marmottan Monet
Art & culture
This marvellous museum, on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, boasts the finest Monet collection in the world, as well as one of Paris’s most spectacular Impressionist art collections.

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