“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”*

In my last post, I wrote about our recent trip to Paris and promised to share some more details of our adventures there.

One of my favourite Paris galleries is the Museé Marmottan MonetHousing the world’s leading collection of work by Claude Monet, as well as an extensive collection of paintings by other famous artists, it is an art-lover’s haven. We had the good fortune to visit during their exhibition Monet The Collector. As well as being a prolific painter himself, Monet was also a keen collector of art. After Monet’s death in 1926, his personal collection was broken up and largely forgotten. But after meticulous research and investigation, the Marmottan was able to put back together what they describe as ‘this scattered collection’.

Oh my, what an amazing treat it was to see all these amazing works of art together. Here are a couple of my favourites.

Paul Cézanne, Neige fondante à Fontainebleau:

 

Paul Cézanne, Nature morte, pot à lait et fruits:

 

It was also such a pleasure to see some of the prints from Monet’s famous collection of Japanese wood cuts:

 

And, of course, it was lovely to spend time with some old Monet friends….

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…., as well as discovering some new ones. I had not seen this painting before (Champ de Tulipes en Hollande), but it went straight into my list of Monet favourites:

 

I love the fresh treatment of the tulips, the colours in the sky, everything about it really. Just look at this extract – such beauty. And those marks!

 

Here’s another example. The full painting of Les Agapanthes

 

…and a couple of points of detail.  Gorgeous!

 

Let me finish with a few shots of the Marmottan’s galleries dedicated to Monet’s work (complete with Hub very kindly carrying my coat!):

 

I could quite happily move in! 🙂

 

*title quote by Thomas Jefferson

Flowers As Art

By co-incidence, two of the nation’s principal art galleries currently have beautiful outdoor displays of flowers.

The National Gallery in London has put together a wonderful ‘painting’ made up of real flowers.  I could watch this short YouTube video about its making for hour – it is mesmerising…

And to mark the opening of the Scottish National Gallery’s blockbuster summer exhibition, Inspiring Impressionism, flowers adorn the building’s front pillars.  Although they are not real like the flowers in the painting, they are still gorgeous and capture perfectly the spirit of the impressionist movement – genius!  I can’t wait to visit the exhibition for the first time next week and I have a feeling there will be many more visits to come before it closes.

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One can never have too many flowers in one’s life. 🙂

Image via rockflower.co.uk