Monet’s Garden

A while ago I visited The Barber Institute in Birmingham to see their loan of one of Monet's Lily Pond paintings Monet and the Water Lily Pond…in Birmingham! This visit inspired me to take the pilgrimage to Giverny in order to see for myself what inspired such outpourings onto canvas of some of the most … Continue reading Monet’s Garden

Daubigny – Inspiring Impressionism

Did my fourth country visit in the Six Week holidays by going to Scotland this week - yes, I know it's a technicality but I'm having this as a stat!  I visited the Scottish National Gallery for the exhibition 'Inspiring Impressionism' which explored Charles Francis Daubigny's influence on the artists who became known as the … Continue reading Daubigny – Inspiring Impressionism

Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market

Yesterday was a new experience - an exhibition at the National Gallery and it was all about the impressionists.  Apart from the iconic pieces, I did not know a great deal about the main artists of the time until I read 'Claude and Camille' by Stephanie Cowell: The exhibition centres on Durand-Ruel's relationships with … Continue reading Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market

Claude et Camille

Have just finished Stephanie Cowell's fictionalised account of the relationship between Monet and Camille Doncieux. Inspired to read it by seeing this painting of Camille on her death bed in a documentary that explored how winter appears in art. This is so touching a tribute that I was curious to know more. It is a … Continue reading Claude et Camille