Otto’s mobile – Alexander Calder. One last capture as I left the gallery. It was a trip that I shall always treasure, an experience that shall always remain with me. 🙂
Naissance d’une galaxie. Max Ernst. There wasn’t enough time to explore all the other treasures at the Fondation, but I managed to get in a few.
Apart from the excellent Monets on exhibit, the Fondation Beyeler also has a permanent collection of Picasso on display. I’ve never been a fan of his work, so I’m sorry but someone else will have to post those. 😛 Some evocative pieces of sculpture did catch my fancy. Here is a representative sample of those. … Continue reading
Water Lilies. Monet painted water lilies probably more than any other subject. These were one of his favorite subject, and close by; the pond in his home at Giverny gave him an always available muse. The striking colors, the sky reflected in the still waters, an image is created of a world separate from the … Continue reading
Houses of Parliament, stormy skies. A moodier tone than his other works; nature hasn’t lost all its power; this is no warm, solar benediction, there is a storm coming. The stones still stand firm, between the jaundiced skies and waters.
Houses of Parliament, sun breaking through the fog. Closer to the seat of power of the greatest Empire of the day, Monet makes the sun break through the fog which dominates all else in London. Here the empire on which the sun never set sets the tone for a much more powerful image. The stones … Continue reading
Charing Cross bridge. Monet painted over 30 works on this bridge alone. Here again, he uses the fog to his advantage. It’s later in the day, the sun is almost at its zenith and yet the mists refuse to yield their hold on the greatest metropolis of its day. Westminster in the distance becomes a … Continue reading
Charing Cross Bridge, Fog on the Thames. Monet was in London at the turn of the century and painted the foggy atmosphere like a man possessed. This work, one of many on the Charing Cross bridge typify his treatment of the subject. The fog envelops and blurs everything. The sun seems weak and almost impotent, … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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