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.
The Break-up of the Ice on the Seine at Vetheuil. The coming thaw, the water still cold and placid, still under the ice’s thrall; the sky however shows the changing weather – the subtle, warm hues tell me that summer is coming and the waters will flow again.