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.
I tried finding a reference to this painting but my basic google search failed to give me an answer. If someone recognizes this painting please do enlighten me in the comments below. 🙂
For the rest, this work is a classic example of “capturing the moment”; the warm afternoon sun, the cool sea breeze, the rustle of the silk dress, the perfume of the bower – so much from one painting that one’s senses are almost overwhelmed.