Claude Monet said, “The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration”. For those who were able to see “Painting the Modern Garden” exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London there was richness, nature and inspiration from Monet and several other artists, including Renoir and Cezanne.
Monet also said, “Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it was necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
Many discussed, interpreted, evaluated. Others simply did what Monet suggested – looked and loved.
Whether you saw the exhibition or not, take a look at the trailer – a work of art in itself.
The early spring sunshine encouraged us to not only visit the art gallery but also spend some time in St. James’s Park which was full of an amazing variety of colourful flowers – it being the peak of the tulip season.
For us, digital photography seems the best way to capture the beauty of nature – with thanks to Royal Parks team of gardeners.
A grey heron also enjoyed a stroll in the park.
Art enables you to revisit and remember as well as create new memories, new images.
“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” – Claude Monet
Maybe it doesn’t exactly “drive one mad” – but the variety of colours on view last week was certainly mesmerising.
Monet said, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”
Thankfully, his gardens are open for others to see his creations and how they inspired masterpieces – both the water gardens and the flower gardens.
“. . . . Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all – my head is bursting . . . .”
Claude Monet was in his “element”.
Thankfully he felt that urgent need to paint, and keep on painting.
“As for me, I’m staying here all the same, and if those savages must kill me it will be in the middle of my canvases, in front of all my life’s work.” – Claude Monet, 1st September 1914.
We believe everyone, especially children, should be given opportunities to be creative – inspired by the great artists and natural beauty.
All images and collages: 3Di Associates Photography
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