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Like many of the other lesser-known museums in Paris, the Musee Marmottan (Marmottan Museum) is not as popular as the grander museums in the city such as the Paris Lourve, the Musee d'Orsay and others but this smaller museum is still historically important, especially if you are a Monet art fan. The Marmottan Museum, also known as the Marmottan Monet Museum, is also known for its significant collection of works of art from such illustrious artists as Paul Gauguin, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot and Camille Pissaro.

The 2 nd son of Claude Monet, Michael Monet bequeathed to the Academy of Fine Arts his father's property at Giverny as well as the collection of paintings inherited from his famous father. Because of this generous donation, the Marmottan Museum has the privileged distinction of having the world's largest collection of art by Claude Monet.

This particular museum is much farther away than most of the City of Paris's other top attractions at approximately 7.5 km west of the Notre Dame Cathedral, on the Ile de la Cite, considered being the centre of Paris and all of France. Fortunately the Paris Metro subway station at La Muette in the 16 th arrondissement isn't too far away at 650 metres. The museum is also not far from France's most important tennis stadium, Roland Garros at just over 2 km away. One of the top four tennis tournaments in the world, the French Open draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to watch the best players in the world play on the clay courts of Roland Garros, named after a famous French aviator and fighter pilot who fought during World War I. The sprawling Bois de Boulogne Park is also not far away, approximately 1 km from the museum.

Perhaps the most famous and recognizable pieces are several of Monet's famous water lilies, which was part of a larger collection of 250 water lilies paintings during his residence at Giverny, some 70 km from Paris. The museum name is named after the son of Jules Marmottan a wealthy French industrialist who purchased the former hunting lodge in 1882 from Francois Christophe Kellermann, the Duke of Valmy and a French military commander during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. His son Paul, who later inherited the mansion in the far western portion of Paris as well as the very impressive private collection of oil paintings from the artists described earlier and many other important artists of the day. After Paul Marmottan's death in 1932, he bequeathed the entire collection to the Paris Academy of Fine Arts, in addition to its library of Boulogne rich historical documents and the mansion itself, which eventually led to the creation of this museum.

Among the historically important works at the museum painted by Monet are: "Monet's Water Lilies at Giverny", "The British Parliament", "Rouen Cathedral", "Pont Japonais", "On the Beach at Trouville" and "Soleil Levant". Renoir's "Portrait of Madame Monet", "Portrait of Julie Manet", "and Claude Monet Reading", Gauguin's "Bouquet of Flowers", Pissarro's "Boulevard Under Snow", and Berthe Morisot's "Beside a Lake" are all part of this impressive collection.

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