The lower floor has been taken over entirely by a Joan Mitchell retrospective. 40 works are on display, spanning the time between the start of her career as an artist in New York in the early 1950s and her later work towards the end of the 1980s.
The idea is to get acquainted with the American artist before moving on to her dialogue with Monet. Having studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago back in the 1940s, she moved to New York and discovered abstract expressionism.
Her first trip to Paris was in 1948 and she ended up moving to the city in 1959. Between 1968 and her death in 1992, she lived and worked in Vétheuil, a small town to the north-west of Paris that was once home to Monet before he moved to Giverny.
Talking about her own work, Mitchell said she had never been capable of reflecting nature directly. But what she did do was portray feelings and emotions triggered by memories on canvas. She listed water, trees, dogs, poetry and music as sources of inspiration.