A whole world of watercolour at our fingertips

I have written before on this blog about the artistic marvels we can access these days via the internet. Since January this year, another site can be added to the rich abundance of treasures available to us.

The Watercolour World is a new site with an amazing aim: to make globally available in digital form as many watercolour paintings as possible. In many cases, watercolours are often too fragile to be exhibited. So TWW will be providing access to works that might otherwise never be seen. This short introductory film talks more about the capturing of these ‘windows on the world’.

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“How important are the visual arts in our society?……

…I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art.”  ~ Kermit the Frog

 

Kermit is, of course, absolutely right. Art, indeed The Arts, are vital for helping us understand ourselves and our place within society. Perhaps most importantly, however, immersion in art is a joyful, inspirational experience.

In my last two posts, I wrote about our recent trip to Paris and our visit to the Museé Marmottan Monet. This was not our only arty experience, however – oh no! In fact, we found ourselves in a gallery that we had not visited before, and what an unexpected treat it was.

The Museé Jacquemart-Andre began life as the private mansion of Édouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart and was used by them to house their considerable collection of treasures collected during extensive travelling, and to entertain the Paris elite. Happily, the museum opened to the public in 1913 and we can all now benefit from experiencing this amazing art space.

The museum’s website includes a large number of photos of the interior, which give an excellence sense of the magnificent décor. In addition, here are a couple of shots which I took:

 

 

 

 

It was such a treat to find this amazing place tucked behind a row of nondescript doorways along the Boulevard Haussmann – like entering Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Secret Garden. It was even more of a delight when we discovered that they were showing an amazing exhibition of lesser-known works by very famous painters.

Some more Monet (because you can never have too much):

 

A few works by the sublime painters Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne respectively:

 

With plenty of new-to-me artists. I adore this work by Odilon Redon, with its stunning colours and interesting mix of straight and curved lines:

 

…and this one by Jules Dupré, which captures perfectly the mood of a restless sea:

 

How lucky we were to stumble across this gallery by accident, especially while they were showing this marvellous exhibition.

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”
― John Lennon