Saturday, October 19, 2013

September 17- A day with Monet

Today,  I went to Musee Montmarte Monet

The museum is housed in a mansion, and includes paintings owned by Monet, in addition to many of his works. There is also a room of illuminated manuscripts.
I enjoyed the furnishings in the house. A an elaborate salt cellar.  There is a little bowl behind the cherub in the boat to hold the salt.

A beautiful soup bowl.  I think it would be fun to find this lovely picture at the bottom of your bowl when you finish eating.

A mysterious clock. For those who don’t really want to know the time, because the statue is covering most of the clock face.

Here is the painting which gave “Impressionism” its name.  The title is “Impression: Soleil Levant.”  This Monet painting was shown at the 1874 Paris Art Show.

I enjoyed seeing some of the paintings he completed before his cataracts made it difficult for him to see.  Perhaps if he had had our modern cataract surgery we would not have the huge water lily paintings

This painting was given to Monet by his friend, Gustave Caillebotte, and is called Paris Street, Rainy Day. It was a first study for his huge painting of this subject (about 7 feet by 10 feet) which is at the Chicago Art Institute.
Monet also owned this painting by Sisley.  The gold and brown paints are thick, and come to a point- making the scene almost sparkle. It reminded me of when I walk through the woods in the fall, and the sun glistens on the leaves turning color.

Time for lunch.  A classic French lunch- quiche, salad, and bread.  I have noticed that there are basically 2 salad dressings here- vinegar and oil, which always includes a bit of mustard; and a sort of creamy Italian. Vinegar and oil is the standard restaurant dressing. There is a wide variety of beautiful lettuce.  And it is typically 1 euro for a head.  It seems not to be pre-washed.  Our first salad was rather gritty, as I had failed to really wash each leaf separately.  So the trade off for beautiful, cheap lettuce is the extra labor to thoroughly wash it. 



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