Just back home.
I spent last week on the Monet trail In Normandy, exploring sites associated with the father of the Impressionist art movement.
It was scorching hot and peak-season chaos but I could still get a sense of the delicious tranquility of Monet’s garden at Giverny [pictured above].
And, by visiting places in the Seine Valley between Paris and Rouen, I could also get a sense of the man behind the movement.
Best of all, a visit to the Musée d’Orangerie offered me a chance to get up close with his master opus, the Water-Lilies cycle — les Nympheas in French.
The article is for the November issue of France Magazine but, meanwhile, here’s a taster.
To get up close to the Water-Lilies requires a visit to Musée de L’Orangerie, tucked into the corner of the Tuileries Garden in Paris.
The eight compositions, moving from dawn to sunset across two light-filed rooms, form the striking centrepiece of the overall exhibition.
In the words of Monet himself, it was created to give “… the illusion of an endless whole, of a wave with no horizon and no shore”.