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Fondation Beyeler – Monet 16

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…

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 15

Oat and Poppy field – Giverny 1890. The sky is almost featureless, contrasting the riotous reds run amok on the field below…

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 14

The Petit Creuse river. How vivid the rippling water, the jagged hills, the sun-dappled heath!

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 13

Poplars in the morning.

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 12

Poplars on the Epte. Monet painted this particular stand of poplars many times, at all hours of the day. He seemed to have been mesmerized with how the light played on them throughout the day and through the seasons. This is the poplars on a summer afternoon.

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 11

Monet loved going out into the meadows and paint. Impressionism at its heart was about being out of the studio, of painting fast and quick, of capturing a real moment before it was gone.

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 10

Another from Monet’s poplar series. I don’t know why he was so attracted to these trees; I’ve only known them as a ready source of timber for making plywood. Here, though, I revelled in the springtime pastoral scene, devoid of human or animal touch though it was.

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 9

Breakup of the Ice, Ice Floes and The Frost, Vétheuil and Lavacourt. A little later in time than the previous one, this painting shows the now predominant hues of summer through the warmth of the sunrise. And yet, winter hasn’t lost its hold over the air and the water, even the reds reflected in the … Continue reading

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 8

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 … Continue reading

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 7

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 … Continue reading