In July I saw a some of the original Water Lilies by Monet at the MoMA. It was life-changing. I was moved, emotional even. Monet is one of the most famous painters in the world and I had already seen some of his work but seeing it in person made me understand the importance of doing that. My image and the images I had seen before simply did not capture the true beauty of his work.
Prior to seeing this work, I honestly didn’t get what the big deal was about Monet’s Water Lilies. I thought ‘Oh it’s just a famous Impressionist’ but seeing the the work in person let me know why these works are so important in art history. Up close you see the multiple layers of paint and it is quite textural which I did not know beforehand. And from a distance it all comes together like a photograph in a way. It is truly an impression. It is full of detail and not at the same time. Monet has truly captured the depth of water and reflections and it is truly amazing work. Also the scale of it is huge. It is a must see. If you are in New York it is at the MoMA.
Seriously, the pictures don’t do it justice. I may go again as it is a part of MoMA’s ongoing exhibits. I also want to see more of his work. I know his work is at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris and maybe his house in Giverny so maybe a trip is in order. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this first blog post. There are more to come.
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