22 May 2012

Exploring the 16th

The 16th arrondissement, also known as Passy, is on the right bank and covers the largest land area of the 20 arrondissements of Paris. Although half of this consists of the Bois de Bologne with its extensive parks and gardens and sporting stadiums, including the Roland Garros tennis centre where the French Open, with its famous red clay courts will begin next week. 
Many of the diplomatic embassies, prestigious schools and more intimate museums are located here and the ornate 19th century mansions lining the broad leafy avenues house some of the wealthier residents of Paris.  
The 16th has the 4th highest average household income after the 8th, 7th and 6th ...
So, with this bit of knowledge it was time to explore some of the sights ..

First stop was the Musee Marmottan which is known for its collection of 300 works by Monet  and other Impressionists.
         Loved this Monet of  Water Lilies and Agapanthus  - good old Aggie's pants - always gorgeous!

                                                         Another Monet I had not seen before - and loved.

We were also fortunate to see a stunning retrospective of Berthe Morisot's life work - she painted over 423 paintings alone, not counting the hundreds of drawings, watercolours and pastels in her short life of just 54 years.

        She truly was a wonderful Impressionist, if not as well known as her many male artist friends. 



                         It was a real treat to see this exhibition ...

2 comments:

  1. Joanna, Loving the Left Bank and the Right Bank and loving your blog. Off to Vancouver Island Friday. Thanks for taking the time. Elizabeth.

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  2. Thanks Elizabeth for your message and for reading The Daily Baguette ... all wonderful in one of our favourite cities. Loving my photography course too. Do hope Brett is much better and you both have a well deserved holiday in Canada and Alaska. Love. Joanna xx

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