Here are some personal highlights of the Claude Monet’s Secret Garden exhibition put on by the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibit’s 38 paintings are on loan from Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, France.
You’ve probably seen reproductions or art prints of Monet’s various water lilies pictures, right? Lots of purples, right up my alley. I knew I would enjoy seeing those examples with my own eyes, that’s a given. What I didn’t expect is that my favorites after walking away are actually not any of the lilies on display.
If you attend the exhibit in this final week (week of September 25, 2017), note there are extended hours to 9 PM on the 27th, 28th and 30th.
TIP: Factor the gift shop into your budget, if you like items with Monet prints on them. I picked up a couple of things. Also: wanted, but successfully resisted: cleaning cloth for eye glasses or electronic screens.
Jump to the Monet paintings? English then French name (from exhibit’s signage).
Roses / Les Roses
Wisteria / Glycines
Water lilies and Agapanthus / Nymphéas et agapanthes
Camille on the Beach / Camille sur la plage
London, Houses of Parliament, Reflections on the Thames /
Londres, le Parlement, reflets sur la Tamise
I’m a tad surprised that my two fave pieces actually don’t include water lilies. The way-less-showy, and teeny-tiny actually, Camille on the Beach / Camille sur la plage, and the moodier London, Houses of Parliament, Reflections on the Thames / Londres, le Parlement, reflets sur la Tamise are the two that stay with me.
Camille on the Beach is just, well… adorable, size-wise. It could easily be incorporated into your home decor if owning a Monet was not just a fantasy for the masses. Near eye level, close to, or right on your desk. The small size seems perfect for a slightly unexpected placement. Oh, how about among your books.
Now, the London painting – I’m all about the water details. Those dancing reflections are captured so well. I think that’s what speaks to me, despite this one being one of the darker palettes on display. And, it depicts a well-known sight, so if you’ve been to London, there’s the familiarity factor.
Note: The phone I used to take these pics tends to over-expose by default. Some of these look more vibrant than what my naked eyes saw.
On your way to the top floor, don’t forget to take in the dome and rotunda. There are benches here, so it’s also a good place to sit and rest your feet, or meet up.
Emily Carr: Into the Forest
(until December 3, 2017)
While checking out the Emily Carr display, I started noticing the reflections, since some of these were in full picture frames.
— Does the Impressionist painting style appeal to you? —