06 March 2009

Monet and the Impressionists at the Te Papa Museum

Frankly speaking, I am not a connoiseur of the arts. But the library at Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Philippines where I studied Engineering had these large format books in the Reference Section, each dedicated to a particular artist and their works, which captivated my attention for many hours. The story of their lives so richly described, with an assortment of works dedicated per page. So when their names get mentioned, I would more or less recognize them as important artists.

So when I saw advertisements in the city announcing that Monet's work (along with other Impressionists) will be on display in the museum, I got all excited about it. This just might be a once in a lifetime experience! To see Monet's work up close and personal will be monumental.

Impressionism was a revolution in painting style, in that most of the work before was done in the studio. Claude Monet (1840-1926) and his company of fellow artists took the canvas to the great outdoors, and highlighted the play of light and shade on their subjects in a distinctive painting style. Renoir and Degas will also be there!

To see this exhibition which is going to run from Valentine's Day to 17th May, we will have to fork over $15.00 per person. Now, to find the right day to visit...
Head on to the Te Papa Museum website for more information on the exhibit!

Photo credit: Te Papa Museum website

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