Friday 6 February 2009

Friendship Friday: Monet

This is a card I bought myself when I went to an exhibition of Monet's works at the National Gallery in London in 1999.
CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926) The Water Lily Pond, 1900 (detail)
Oil on canvas 90 x 92 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Given in memory of Governor Alvan T. Fuller by the Fuller Foundation.

There are two reasons why I choose this for today.  The first is that I wasn't at all interested in art until I was dragged along to see the Musée d'Orsay by a friend.  One of the first pictures I saw there was a Monet - La Pie, The Magpie.  I was spellbound.  I had no idea that art in real life could look so different from reproduced art.  So it was a friend who introduced me to art and Monet in particular.  The second reason is that I went to see the London exhibition with a friend, a different friend.
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  1. I, too, have not always been interested in art, but have always enjoyed Monet's work. His ability to capture colors is what attracts me.

  2. For me, that first visit sparked off a new interest. While I'm hardly an expert, I do at least now enjoy a great deal more.

  3. Oh Sheila! You've been to the Orsay in Paris! I felt the same way! To me Monet was soo doctors office and elevator music -like! But it really is bursting with so much life and energy!

  4. I love Monet - I was a late bloomer in art appreciation as well but appreciate it all the more now. Beautiful postcard!

  5. I paint as well, although I would enjoy capturing that scene on my camera.

    I really enjoyed your sunset shots in the previous post too.

  6. @Marie, yes the Orsay is one of my favourites.
    @MuseSwings, it's probably not until you see some in the original that you can start to appreciate it. That's what happened to me anyway.
    @David, you can see something very similar in Monet's Garden, if you are ever near Paris. A beautiful place preserved as it was in Monet's day, and wher he drew his inspiration.

  7. Hi Sheila... If plans push through this year, I might be able to see the paintings of great artists in Paris! I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

  8. Sreisaat, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you too! Paris is a wonderful city.


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