This past Wednesday I visited the Grand Palais to view the Monet exhibition. It's no wonder why people line up for three hours hoping to get tickets, why the exhibition is now open 24 hours a day. All of Monet's art from around the world (New York's MET, Paris' Musée d'Orsay, London's National Gallery, Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, Chicago's Art Institute, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, etc.) were brought to Paris for a grand overview of the extraordinary artist.

What intrigued me most was Monet's way of expressing something entirely different by painting the same exact landscape at different moments of the day.

I was interested in how Monet was able to make an impression of movement through thin, swift brushstrokes and intense color. Un maître de la lumière, the artist understood how to manipulate light so that the ripples of water were visible, and the wind in the sky was felt, to make an image seem as real as memory. Monet expressed his personal experiences through unusual visual angles. I had the opportunity to learn and feel by examining the details of the paintings, the very details of the composition that capture a fleeting moment forever left in nostalgia.



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