Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Monet at MoMA in New-York

Water Lilies by Claude Monet - Oil on canvas, three panels - Dimensions: Each 6' 6 3/4" x 13' 11 1/4" (200 x 424.8 cm), overall 6' 6 3/4" x 41' 10 3/8" (200 x 1276 cm)

Detail 1 - showing the texture of the work (click to enlarge)

Monet's Water Lilies are iconic and it became hard after Monet to paint water lilies without avoiding the reference (Read my post Monet stole my subject).

There are series of Water Lilies paintings in different museums and the MoMA in New-York has one. The large panels form a triptych on each side of the room, approximately 2 meters high and 12 meters long.

The surface of the painting is thick in some places and we know that Monet worked for many years on some of his painting, layering the pigment over and over.

Agapanthus (Oil on canvas - 6' 6" x 70 1/4" (198.2 x 178.4 cm) by Claude Monet

The Japanese Footbridge - Oil on canvas (35 1/4 x 45 7/8" - 89.5 x 116.3 cm) by Claude Monet

This is one of the last painting of the Japanese Footbridge by Monet. The bridge is arching over the ponds in his house in Giverny, where the artists painted his water lilies large works.

You can hardly see the bridge behind the heavy but loose brushwork. The palette is heavy with brown and orange colours. It was done when Monet was suffering from cataract.

Details for the museum

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Cyclists - Musée La Piscine

With the Tour de France 2015 that just ended on the Champs-Élysées in Paris last Sunday, it seems the right time to post some photographs of two paintings of cyclists in the collection of the Musée La Piscine.

Jacquelin - Oil painting on canvas by Lucien Jonas (1880-1947)

Petit Breton - Oil painting on canvas by Lucien Jonas

These paintings where preparatory studies for a painting titled “The final rush”.

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The museum

Musée La Piscine
23 Rue de l'Espérance, 59100 Roubaix, France

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Roses - oil painting

A quick painting done in the garden, before the flowers fade.

Roses - Oil painting (6" x 8") by Benoit Philippe