Musée Marmottan Monet

For any fan of Claude Monet’s work, or Impressionism art in general, I recommend a visit to Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

While it’s a little further out from the city centre, I found it to be well worth the minimal effort it took me to get there.

I was sporting a very unfashionable walking cast during my visit, which made traipsing around town very interesting, but I would do it again in an heartbeat. The wearing of the boot – not the injury – of course.

There is, after all, nowhere else in the world that can boast the largest collection of Monet pieces!

The chair on the background has some seriously cool detailing. Here’s a closer shot.

In addition to housing 100 of Monet’s masterpieces, the Marmottan also features numerous works from the artist’s personal collection (Sisley, Degas and Gauguin to name a few).

The museum is housed in what was once an old hunting lodge owned by a Duke.

Oooh, what’s on that table? (Hobbles over in cumbersome walking cast to get a better look..)

Upon the Duke’s death, he left the property and his impressive collection of Impressionist pieces to the French Academy of Fine Arts.

Let’s take a closer look at that table.

One of Monet’s sons rounded out the collection by adding many of his Father’s personally owned pieces.

See anything familiar?

The museum is a treat not only for the paintings, but the vast number of other pieces. I’ve shared just a sampling of these that I found myself drooling over.

Bonne journée!

Marla

Vancouver Street Art – Mount Pleasant

Here are a few more murals to, hopefully, add some fun and brightness to your day as we weather this crazy storm of uncertainty together.

This last one depicts an old hamburger stand that stood on Kingsway for decades. It has since moved, but those of us of a certain age will remember the iconic Vancouver landmark that was Wally’s Burgers.

Bonne journée!

Marla

Vancouver Street Art – Mount Pleasant

As I promised yesterday, I’m back with a few more murals that I recently found.

Do you have a favourite? Comment below. Mine is of the crushed plastic bottle. At first I was annoyed by the parked car, but I think I actually like it being in the shot to give scale to the sprawling mural.

Bonne journée!

Marla

The Meditation

Times are scary. Unpredictable and stifling with a dose of terror. Many people are turning to different types of self care to offset the negativity.

Like meditation, for example.

Personally, meditation hasn’t ever worked for me. My brain hasn’t figured out how to shut up.

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E is for .. Les Jardin d’Etretat

While based in Bayeux, we decided to take a day trip along the coast in our rental car. One of the stops we made was in Etretat to check out the beautifully manicured Jardin d’Etretat and its quirky face installations that I’d seen online.

An added bonus was the view of the famous ‘Needle’ rock cliff, made famous (to me, anyway) by Claude Monet.

Speaking of Mr. Monet, I learned that a woman who once owned the house of the garden was good friends with him and he used to visit her regularly.

I very much enjoyed this recreation of the famous painter doing what he did best.

Say fromage!

Bonne journée!

Marla

La Foule

One of the many works of art you’ll wander past as you stroll through the Paris’ Jardin des Tuileries is La Foule, or The Crowd. This bronze sculpture was created by English-born, Paris-based painter sculptor, Raymond Mason, back in the mid-1960′.

It was later purchased by France’s National Fund of Contemporary Art, before being installed in the park in 2000.

As you can see, the sculpture takes the form of a number of human figures clumped together in a tight pattern.

I wonder what this guy would say if he could speak. With the way he’s crammed in tight next to his neighbours, it reminds me of my daily commute home on the train surrounded by people with questionable hygiene. Poor guy, I feel your pain.

Bonne journée!

Marla

Château de Chantilly – The Gallery of Painting and The Rotunda

The Gallery of Painting is the main event of the Condé Gallery at Château de Chantilly. It’s the largest room of the chateau and features 85 pieces of the collection that once belonged to the Duke of Aumale.

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Musée d’Orsay

Several years ago, while on a girls’ trip to Paris with my friend Stephanie, I found myself in the delightful predicament of having nothing planned.

Stephanie was headed for an early morning visit to the Louvre. Having been on a previous visit to Paris I decided I’d take a pass, and would meet her several hours later at the Louvre courtyard Pyramid.

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Contemporary Art Perplexes Me

Offsite is the Vancouver Art Gallery’s cleverly named offsite public exhibition space, featuring temporary installations of contemporary works. Featured artists are said to, “consider the site-specific potential of art within the public realm and respond to the changing social and cultural conditions of our contemporary world.”.

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Definitely Dali

If you’re strolling around Downtown Vancouver any time soon, you may come across Salvador Dali’s, “Space Venus”.

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I’d have said you’d find yourself face-to-face with the sculpture but, well, this Venus is clearly headless. Her neck is adorned with a typical Dali “melting” clock, made most famous perhaps by his 1931 painting, “The Persistence of Memory”. Continue reading “Definitely Dali”