I don’t know much about art and paintings in general, but I do love Monet. It captured my attention a long time ago, but not until a few years back I truly discovered this amazing artist. It was at MoMA in New York when it all happened. There is a room there with some of his famous water lilies paintings. Those canvases transport you into another dimension. The entire room makes you want to stay there if not forever then, at least, endless hours.
The same feeling happened to me again in my recent journey to Paris, a few weeks ago. There are at least three special places to visit in Paris, if you love Monet and the Impressionist: Musee d’Orasy, Musee Marmottant Monet and Musee de l’Orangerie. Leaving aside the first two, with no doubt very of very importance, I might say l’Orangerie touched my heart and mesmerized me for life.
Found in the Tuileries Garden, the charming, little museum has a precious collection of Monet paintings given to the French state by the artist himself, after the First World War. So, if you go there you can admire two delightful rooms covered in Monet’s water lilies – Les Nympheas, as French say. Les Nympheas, are in fact, a collection of 250 oil paintings done by Claude Monet in more than 30 years in his beautiful realm at Giverny. These rooms are only a glimpse of Monet’s genius and they have a tremendous impact upon you. They are designed as a place of detachment from all the fuss and buss of the city. You go there and everything else doesn’t matter anymore. You lose yourself in those illusory canvases admiring the artist’s game of light on those surreal landscapes.
Monet painted many different paintings during his long, full life. He is one of the founding fathers of Impressionism, the name itself being given to this 19th century movement by one of his painting entitled Impression, Sunrise which you can admire at Musee Marmottant Monet. And, not to mention, a very important aspect, he was a Scorpio, just like me. Leaving jokes asides I will let you discover Claude Monet on your own. But have this in mind: “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” said Claude Monet so, just LOVE! and be INSPIRED! 🙂