In a last-minute roster change, I got a London flight in exchange for Muscat. Imagine how happy I was when I realized that I would be able to make it to the final week of Monet and Architecture – a special exhibit at the National Gallery.
I’ve mentioned Monet in some of my previous posts, so it’s no secret that I’m an admirer of his work. This exhibit showcased his view on places where he worked and lived all throughout his life. He usually painted a single place numerous times, whenever the weather, time of day, or season changed. It creates a different color scheme, subject (e.g. the River Thames on a foggy day focuses on the fog rather than the river), and overall mood of the painting.
I liked how the paintings were arranged in different rooms, in chronological order. It showed how his strokes evolved from his twenties to his eighties, when he retired in Giverny. I sometimes wonder if the lighter strokes he used in his Japanese Garden paintings were because of his failing eyesight? Yet those paintings were some of his best. 🙂
Only a couple of days left, and the paintings will go back to the original museums or private collections where they are housed, in different parts of the world. I’m so happy I got to see them all in one place; and in my favorite city at that. ❤