On Sunday I spent the day in Sydney and visited the Claude Monet and the Impressionists exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Impressionism was never my favorite art movement, but when a whale of an artist like Claude Monet comes to town it’s hard to find an excuse to not see it. Australian museums aren’t exactly overflowing with masterpieces from around the world, so any decent traveling exhibition is a must see.
“Paint what you really see, not what you think you ought to see; not the object isolated as in a test tube, but the object enveloped in sunlight and atmosphere, with the blue dome of Heaven reflected in the shadows” Claude Monet Quote
Water Lilies 1905
oil on canvas, 89.5 x 100.3 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Charing Cross Bridge (overcast day) 1900
oil on canvas, 60.6 x 91.5 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Here’s a slideshow and talk about Monet and the exhibition on the SMH website.
Monet & the Impressionists is on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney until the 26th of January 2009.