"The Seine at Giverny" 1897
Soon you’ll arrive at “Rose-Arches at Giverny” 1913, this painting is the keystone to the exhibition. Take a photograph of it and flip it upside down, it’s perfect either way. You should recognize Waterloo Bridge, Rouen Cathedral, Needle Rock, Venice, Water Lily, or the Haystacks paintings all coming together in this powerhouse of a painting, it is Monet's grand Arc de Triomphe. Here in this one painting you’ll see a bit of what he’d learned earlier and a bit of what is still to come.
“I look after my garden a lot, this brings me pleasure, and, with the beautiful days we have had, I am overjoyed and admire Nature, with this, we never have time to be bored.”, words from Claude Monet.
When we travel our agenda is to visit Museums, and moments in nature, along with choosing where we will find the most enjoyable food. These experiences nourish us, after which we can’t wait to return to our studios full of awe and inspiration. An artist is a type of magician or perhaps a wizard, they can create magical experiences for all to see for time ever after, they should be treasured. Monet's paintings are snapshots of moments in time, of everything that the painter was seeing, feeling, emoting and thinking about.
There is no better way,
to spend a winters day.
See for yourself, "Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature" at the Denver Art Museum is an experience not to be missed.
A second article (with Taos readers in mind) was written for the
December 2019 issue of Taos Magazine which can be read online by subscription.
Print copies will be available at Two Graces, Taos until supplies run out.
*This exhibition will travel to one other location, the Museum Barberini in Potsdam Germany February 22 - June 1, 2020.