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Blown Away by Monet

Posted November 9, 2006

Do I really need to see the highly touted Monet exhibition in Raleigh? I mean...I've already seen many of Claude Monet's paintings at art museums in Washington and New York. Forgive my arrogance but that thought really did go through my mind when I first heard about Raleigh's coup. Last night I got an emphatic answer to that question. I was absolutely blown away by Monet in Normandy at the North Carolina Museum of Art. It is a stunning collection of 50 paintings that span the life of the brilliant French impressionist. This is clearly the most diverse Monet collection I have seen. My appreciation for his creative journey is much deeper now. I enjoy watching people immersed in art. Last night I tapped the shoulder of a woman enjoying the beauty of Monet's Clifftop Walk at Pourville painted in 1882. I asked her: "Don't you wish you could be there?" Without hesitation she answered: "I am!" That is the beauty of great art. It draws you in. Do yourself a favor. Lose yourself in the landscape of Normandy courtesy of Claude Monet and the NC Museum of Art. For those who have already seen the exhibition please share your impressions of the great impressionist!

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  • pugletgirl Jan 12, 2007

    I was lucky enough to see the exhibit twice and was utterly mesmerized both times. Sure, I've seen a lot of these paintings on everything from note cards to tote bags, but it was so exciting to see the actual brush stokes and his real signature! I was amazing... and I will remember it for the rest of my life. What a joy!

  • Reader Jan 12, 2007

    Absolutely awesome! (The reproduxtion and publicity photos do not do justice to the real masterpieces.) I particularly enjoyed the opportunity for side-by-side comparison of his works which show the same subject but normally hang on oposite sides of the world. Assembling the collection from 40 different contributors was true genius. Thank you!

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