All photographs by Damien B Donnelly. Les Nympheas or The Waterlilies by Claude Monet are installed in the Musee de L’Orangerie, in the jardin des Tuileries, Paris 

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Published poet, writer, baker and former fashion maker, with footprints in Paris, London and Amsterdam but currently back home in Dublin with sights aimed at leaving a mark on the West coast one clear fine day...


  1. Thanks for sharing these images, Damien. There are a lot of wonderful museums in Paris, but L’Orangerie is probably my favorite–I absolutely love the gigantic Waterlilies paintings. I was thrilled the last time I was there in 2011 to have the waterlilies to myself for several minutes and it was an incredible experience to be surrounded by the paintings. I had my first experience with those Monet paintings when I was a student in Paris in 1974, at a time when so many of the impressionist paintings now at the Musée d’Orsay were exhibited in the Jeu du Paume, the “twin” of L’Orangerie on the opposite corner of the Tuileries.

    1. Lucky you to have been here to study and even luckier to have even just a moment to yourself with the magnificent Monets. I went at 9am on a rainy Sunday morning thinking I’d be all alone but nope. However, just to stand in the rooms and take in the 360 panoramic view is simply incredible. Of course the Louvre and d’Orsay are stunning but these smaller museums hold beauty that feels almost more accessible due to having less of it, you have more time to take in the details, very like your stunning photography where you can capture so perfectly the detail of a wing of a butterfly and we can appreciate that beauty in all its simplicity while the artistry shines through either with the brush stroke or the framing of the photo.

      1. I just visited MOMA here with their newly renovated spaces. The water lily room is much improved. There were many people just sitting on the couches and taking it in. What a wonderful meditation room it would make.

      2. It was the same at Van Gogh at ateliers des Lumières- everyone just sat and took the time to take it all in- ain’t that just the best

  2. The next best thing to visiting is to see your photos. And the woman with the bright yellow shoulder bag is a Star 🙂

    1. I almost dived through of a bunch of people just so I could get the girl and her bag into the picture. 🤭
      There are two rooms both with 360 degree paintings of the water lilies which is centrally lit, the lighting itself designed by Monet himself so that the light came in exactly where he wanted it. I mean, Magic!!! 🤭🤭🤭

      1. I imagine people scattering in all directions as you “dive” in … funny! The extra info about the light is really interesting.. truly magic 🙂

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