A second renovation project was led by the architect Olivier Lahalle from 1960 to 1965. The exhibition galleries were knocked down and two superimposed levels running the entire length were added to the building. A monumental staircase with a banister designed by Raymond Subes (1893-1970) replaced the entrance vestibule to the Water Lilies. It led to a series of salons requested by Domenica to display the 146 paintings. A public presentation of the collection took place in 1966, inaugurated by the Minister of Culture André Malraux. Domenica kept the paintings until her death in 1977.
A third renovation project was carried out from 1978 to 1984 in order to consolidate the building, refurbish the rooms and permanently house the entire collection, named the “Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection” according to Domenica’s wishes. The Orangerie thus became an independent national museum, separate from the administrative supervision of the Louvre and the Jeu de Paume, whose Impressionist collections were destined for the future Musée d’Orsay.
This page lists the 146 paintings in the Jean Walter – Paul Guillaume collection. The collection includes twenty-five works by Auguste Renoir, fifteen works by Paul Cézanne, and one each by Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, all from the Impressionist period. From the twentieth century, the Musée de l’Orangerie boasts twelve works by Pablo Picasso, ten by Henri Matisse, five by Amedeo Modigliani, five by Marie Laurencin, nine by the Douanier Rousseau, twenty-nine by André Derain, ten by Maurice Utrillo, twenty-two by Chaïm Soutine and one by Kees Van Dongen.
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