Library and Resource Centre
The library and archive centre are open to researchers and all museum employees.
Conservation Library: what’s there?
The library contains over 5,000 books on artists in whom Paul Guillaume took an interest, whether or not they are represented in the Musée de l’Orangerie, and on the artistic context of their creative works (movements, centres of production, art dealers, collectors, critics, etc), covering the period from the Impressionists to the 1930s. The library also contains books on Monet and the Nymphéas [Water Lilies], the Orangerie building and a collection of African Art linked to the Paul Guillaume Collection; he library subscribes to periodicals.
You will find the books in the collective catalogue of the French National Museums libraries.
Conservation Archive Centre: what’s there?
The Musée de l’Orangerie archive centre conserves artwork files of 8 panels of the Water Lilies and the 146 paintings in the Walter-Guillaume Collection. These files contain a documentary section and a technical section which are updated regularly. In addition, the archive centre also conserves the Alain Bouret archive collection, consisting of 1,342 items: printed matter, manuscripts, photographs and drawings all relating to Paul Guillaume.
In order to piece together Guillaume’s activities as a gallery owner between 1914 and 1934, 3,030 research files have been put together on the artworks (paintings and African Art) that passed through his hands.
The library and archive centre are open from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm, by appointment.