Monet is as omnipresent in American culture today as MTV. From the movie Clueless ("she's a full on Monet - from far away she looks good, but up close she's just a big mess") to umbrellas and place mats, our favorite French artist is everywhere. The sad truth is, his paintings have a marvelous depth and texture that can't be duplicated in photographs or copies - in fact, in person they resemble very little the flat, colorless imitators printed on your desk calendar. You owe it to yourself to see his work in person, and if you're going to be in Atlanta, you're in luck - the water lilies are coming to the High Museum.
On loan from the Met, the exhibition includes a 42 - foot water lily painting.
Monet making a fashion statement - vests are in.
The water lily paintings will be on display starting June 6. Visit the High website for more details.
Water lilies: wired2theworld.com. Monet: high.org.
Water Lilies at the High
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I was lucky enough to visit his home in Giverny more than 20 years ago and have been a huge fan since. It looks just like his work, beautiful.
What you say is so true... the originals of all the masters rarely resemble the postcard-calendar-mass produced media we're so familiar with. I'll never forget taking my nephew (who is 16 and a talented artist) to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. He sat down in front of a well known painting and studied the colors for the longest time. Afterwards he remarked, "in my artbook the painting only shows 4 or 5 colors, but Van Gogh must have mixed 60 different hues in that one painting." The next morning Gabriel asked if he could return to the museum again and a week later he asked if we could go again. He was staying with me for the summer - visiting me in Europe from his home in Oklahoma - and I learned to really see art that summer he visited me, noting its differences from what I expected to see and really saw.
G - I went to Giverny a few years ago as well and it took my breath away. A wonderful place.
Antiques Diva - I agree. In fact, I think the profusion of prints has cheapened our understanding of many masterworks. Poor copies don't begin to show the majesty of the originals, and thin the line between a Monet and a Thomas Kinkade.
I would love to see this in person.
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