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Fondation Beyeler – Monet 22

In the Norwegian. Monet painted his step-daughters often. “Here Germaine, Suzanne and Blanche Hoschedé are boating in the ‘Norwegian’, a type of wooden rowing-boat popular in France at the time. The youngest girl is standing up fishing, while her older sisters sit and relax, Blanche also trailing a rod in the river” [source]. The focus is only on the girls, it’s a closely-cropped shot (as a photographer would say). The wooden stakes serve to separate each girl into her own compartment, and yet they are linked – by their dresses that progressively grow bluer as you move from left to right and their hats which grow yellower. It’s a peaceful scene, of home-grown comforts. The placidity of the pool, the green screen of plants behind leave us captured in this little space of quietude and harmony, of simple pleasures and companionship. For once I didn’t even bother asking where the sun was, to light up the figures so, while leaving the rest of the scene almost untouched. Germaine with her hand on her hip is almost coquettish in her pose, or growing rather impatient! 🙂


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I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


4 thoughts on “Fondation Beyeler – Monet 22

  1. Wonderful wonderful .. love the reflection. Love the hand on the hip .. impatience maybe 😀

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    Posted by Julie@frogpondfarm | 02/07/2017, 5:56 AM
  2. Ah…of quietude and harmony, of simple pleasures and companionship. I so appreciate your eloquent, moving words. If Monet were reading up there, he’d be smiling. Thank you agin for the enjoyable tour, Dr. Hb.

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    Posted by Amy | 28/06/2017, 7:02 PM

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