The Musée Marmottan opened its spaces to Impressionism in 1940, when it became home to Monet’s iconic Impression, Sunrise. This painting, which has gone down in history for inspiring the name of the movement, was the foundation stone of the Museum’s Impressionist collections. In 1966 came another major event in the life of the collections: the museum became the universal legatee of Claude Monet via his son Michel. It thus inherited both the house in Giverny and the works that had remained in the family: over a hundred canvases retracing the career of the leading figure of Impressionism. In addition to masterpieces from the artist’s youth and maturity (The Train in the Snow. The Locomotive; Taking a Walk in Argenteuil; The Pont de l’Europe, Gare Saint-Lazare; The Houses of Parliament London, Reflections on the Thames, etc.) the ensemble is notable for the monumental canvases representing the water lilies and garden at Giverny. Never shown during the artist’s lifetime, these works were exhibited for the first time when they entered the Museum. The only institution to hold the last paintings of The Japanese Bridge and The House Seen from the Rose Garden, the Musée Marmottan Monet, home of the world’s leading collection of works by Monet, offers a unique experience of his art in terms of both quantity and rarity.