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Retired and enjoying my free time to paint. I love the French Impressionism era. Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Manet are some of my favorites.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Claude Monet

The Path through the Irises, 1914-17
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City
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Irises, among Monet's favorite flowers, lined the pathways leading up to the house and Japanese bridge on the artist's property at Giverny.  This bird's eye view of a garden path belongs to a series of monumental works painted during the First World War that capture the vital essence of these vivacious flowers with an intensity
and breadth of vision that bear witness to Monet's genius and determination.  Late in life, as his eyesight faltered, he dispensed with subtlety and "took in the motif in large masses," waiting "until the idea took shape, until the arrangement and composition inscribed themselves on the brain."

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