I was extremely lucky that in the week I was in Basel, the Fondation Beyeler had an exhibition of some of Monet’s works. It was a privilege and a delight to be able to see his works up close. Museum policy forbade me from using my camera but I was able to use a friend’s point-and-shoot clicker to take these shots.
Impressionism is probably the last art movement that I can identify with and appreciate; cubism and the rest fail to move me. The ability to capture so much of the moment in their almost wild brush-strokes is sheer genius.
This work is from Monet’s Japanese bridge series. The bridge in question spanned a pond in his garden at Giverny and the world-famous pool of lilies that was another of his favorite subjects lay just in front. From the riotous dabs of paint the bridge slowly emerges, and then trees and water begin to take shape; it’s like the magical unveiling of a moment of beauty captured on canvas.