Last year I went to the Orangerie Museum (Monet’s Water Lilies Museum) in Paris and it completely changed my perspective of Claude Monet. I always knew his art was beautiful and serene but seeing them in real life, and in a museum designed with oval rooms and light ceilings to compliment the artworks … it completely took my breath away and I spent a long time just absorbing the mood and marveling at the power and calm of his huge paintings.
I found this excerpt a while ago from Monet Refuses the Operation and it gave me a deeper understanding of his works. He’s works are not in the style they are becuase he wanted them to be ‘blurred’ for a hundred deeper meanings that could be ascribed to it but because that was simply how he saw them. Here is the excerpt:
“I tell you it has taken me all my life
to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels,
to soften and blur and finally banish
the edges you regret I don’t see,
to learn that the line I called the horizon
does not exist and sky and water,
so long apart, are the same state of being.”
What I love most about this excerpt is that it made me realise that it is how you ‘see’ things that makes the biggest difference. Not literally with your eyes, but with your heart. I love the way he transcends the boundaries of the physical.
What a great artist.