Yesterday, I finally made it over to the,"Monet In Normandy," exhibit at the Legion of Honor, in San Francisco. I have to admit, while I have had a lifelong love for Impressionist art, and the works of Claude Monet in particular, I wasn't prepared for the amazing beauty I saw in that exhibit! I was stunned at the vibrancy, the colors were so alive, and the brush strokes of the master's that at times seemed almost manic in one work, would turn soft and ethereal in another. It would catch me off guard as I studied each one of the nearly 50 paintings in this exhibit, and a few that were on display another collection.
The sight of his actual brush strokes, sent chills up my spine. I was in the presence of love. Claude Monet loved the subjects he chose to paint, I know this absolutely, because of what care and passion was present. A little bit of his soul was on display with those amazing images. The beauty of "Water Lillies" was so stunning and mesmerizing that it actually brought tears to my eyes. For the first time I was able to see a small sampling of Monet's life's work, and at the end of the day, I left the museum with a new, and deeper, love and appreciation for his talents. That was something I never thought to be possible! Below are some of the works of Monet, and other pieces of art that especially touched me. Enjoy!
Also currently on display at the Legion of Honor...
"The Thinker" by Rodin
Guiseppe Antonio Guarneri del Gesu
English Worcester, ca. 1770-1772
Necklace, Cypriot, mid-5th century B.C.
"La Comtesse de Morel-Vinde & Her Daughter"
By Baron Franc-Pascal-Simon Gerard
"The Broken Pitcher" By William Adolphe Bouguereau
"Still Life with Skull, Leeks and Pitcher" By Pablo Picasso
"Mother and Child" By Pierre-August Renoir
"At The Milliner's" By Edouard Manet
"The Gorge at Varengeville" By Claude Monet
"Dorothy Spreckles Munn" By Salvadore Dali
"The Kiss" By Rodin
"Grand Canal Venice" By Claude Monet
The "Monet In Normandy" exhibit runs through September 17th of this year. If you live in northern California, please don't miss this amazing exhibit! Truly, it will be a day you will never forget! :)