TRAVEL HERE: DID YOU MISS IT?
Seems like I’m doing a lot of apologizing of late and here I go again! There’s been a wonderful exhibition on the young Monet at the Kimbell in Fort Worth and even though I’ve been several times, I didn’t tell you about it. By way of atonement I’ll warn you that another Impressionist and European Masters show is on its way in May. In the meantime, I’ll fill you in on what you missed, if you did, in fact, miss it.
Monet is a known entity for most of us. He’s that Impressionist guy who did all the water lily paintings. Over the years, the Kimbell has offered several very good Monet exhibitions, so those of us in the DFW Metroplex have had a better than average chance to get to know him. One of the reasons is a large beach scene in shades of gray and brown – more Van Gogh than Monet when you first look at it. This shoreline landscape was the first piece Monet showed in a Beaux Art Salon and the Kimbell owns it. That’s how it gets all the good exhibitions. Want to borrow my Monet? Include me in the exhibition schedule!
Thanks to them (and lots of study on my own) I knew Impressionism was something Monet grew into. He started out as a fine landscape painter in the traditional sense, but grew into less exacting ways of capturing a scene. Most of us know another reason for his style is related to his vision. As he grew older his eyesight got worse and he painted what he saw. That’s the reason some paintings of Venice ,from late in his life, look almost as if he abandoned representational painting altogether.
I had all this floating around in my mind, but this latest exhibit fleshed out what I had learned. The exhibition took him from a very traditional landscape painted in his teens, through his first Salon painting and on to the height of Impressionism.
You may be wondering why I don’t just quit jabbering a go ahead and show you some art. Fine!
The most delicious painting I can’t show you, because they didn’t have a postcard. It was a scrumptious snow scene, which at first glance seemed to be all white, but then the more you looked at it, the more color you could see. Then there were all the bittersweet paintings showing the rift, his art and significant other caused, between him and his family of origin. Oh, and the luscious picture of the melon with the blue and white china…. Well you get the idea!
One of the reasons I feel so bad about leaving you out of the loop is that it’s not like I went during one of the last weeks and just missed by a few days. I first went a few weeks after it opened with my bestie. I made a day of it for her birthday. That’s when I picked up all these postcards with the best of intentions and snapped this gorgeous shot at the entrance to Joe T’s wonderful Fiesta Garden. Of course, we went to Joe T’s.
My second visit was with the Buffalo Gals. In case you didn’t know, that’s the Bible Study group we have here in my neighborhood. We’re on our fifth Beth Moore Bible Study together and we always take a play date to celebrate our friendship somewhere along the way. Here’s a few shots of that expedition! Come back next week, because I have to catch you up on what’s been happening at the DMA, too.