Cabane des douaniers at Varengeville. Monet painted this lovely cliff-top cottage from many angles. Unlike the earlier work I posted, the cottage here does not melt into the background, it sticks out from the cliff and challenges the horizon; it’s vertical and diagonal lines contrast with the horizontal ones nature has laid out. Even the … Continue reading
On the cliff at Pourville. The afternoon haze blurs the boats as the gaze goes farther afield, the cliff is an unsteady base to stand on; and yet, I could sit on the edge of the precipice for hours, watching time sail by.
The cliffs at Etretat. Another of Monet’s favorite subjects; he painted the cliffs and the sea from all angles. Of course, this isn’t the more famous part of the cliffs, the arch (which I assume is on the other side of this angle, behind the artist) might possibly lay claim to that and Monet painted … Continue reading
City by the sea. The air is warmer in this work; the tone is summer, the breeze saturated. The tree in the foreground is suddenly what you are thankful for!
A short sabbatical, and I hope to be back soon. Take care and stay strong.
One of Monet’s seascapes. He chooses his place carefully, the sunlight catching the city at just the right angle. Placed perfectly between the green canopies of the trees, the azure of the sky and the deeper blues of the ocean, it seems suspended in mid-air. Why is there no path to it visible, I wondered.
A windswept hillside, a lazy afternoon, a house arising in the distance. Monet made the building almost organic in the way it merges with the hill it rests atop. This isn’t a place where the human presence predominates, we are just a small cog in the vast machine…
Oat and Poppy field – Giverny 1890. The sky is almost featureless, contrasting the riotous reds run amok on the field below…
The Petit Creuse river. How vivid the rippling water, the jagged hills, the sun-dappled heath!