Wednesday, June 5, 2013

{ a beautiful contrast }

Image via Art in Picture

I just stumbled across this image and thought it was so beautiful. A black & white Monet with that great white beard; I imagine him humble yet distinguished with his shining shoes and French tweed. Such a contrast to the beautiful expanse of those ethereal, watery, pastel waterlilies he is painting...

Claude Monet's  'Matin' (troiseme panneau). Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris.  Via Intermonet

Both stop me in my tracks. Both so arresting.

I took this last picture the first time I visited the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris in 2009. This old French man was very stylish, and the two of us sat and wandered these rooms for what was possibly an hour. I remember thinking we were two strangers from opposite sides of the world but could share in an understood silence - both just enjoying the wonder and beauty that surrounded us. 

I love this picture and the memories it holds, it always makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile, too.

See you soon,
Pip x


Lauren said...

Great Photos Pip!! Your latest blog makes me so excited as im going to Monet's garden in France next month with my mum!!! I just love his paintings! I agree you can look at them for hours.
Lauren x

JP's Books said...

Indelible are Monet's Water Lilies. I was painting some last sunday at nearby wave hill and it was harder than it looks. Monet made his look so easy.
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