/ Water Lilies (or Nymphéas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926). The paintings depict his flower garden at his home in Giverny, and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.
Monet's long preference for producing and exhibiting a series of paintings related by subject and perspective began in 1889, with at least ten paintings done at the Valley of the Creuse, which were shown at the Galerie Georges Petit. Among his other famous series are his Haystacks.
During the 1920s, the state of France built a pair of oval rooms at the Musée de l'Orangerie as a permanent home for eight water lily murals by Monet. The exhibit opened to the public on 16 May 1927, a few months after Monet's death. Sixty water lily paintings from around the world were assembled for a special exhibition at the Musée de l'Orangerie in 1999.
In May 2010, it was announced that the 1906 Nymphéas work would be auctioned in London in June 2010. The painting had an estimated sale price of between £30 and £40 million. Giovanna Bertazzoni, Christie's auction house director and head of impressionist and modern art, said, "Claude Monet's water-lily paintings are amongst the most recognised and celebrated works of the 20th Century and were hugely influential to many of the following generations of artists." On 6 May 2014, one of the Water Lilies paintings was auctioned at Christie's, New York City for $27 million. This auction totaled $141 millon with the Monet piece Le bassin aux nymphéas being auctioned for $27 million of this amount.
Giverny luglio 2018 E’ la seconda volta che visito questo minuscolo paesino della Normandia (poco meno di due ore da Parigi )dove si trova la casa in cui dimoro’ e mori’ Claude Monet . E ogni volta mi colpiscono la sua atmosfera , i suoi colori e la sua pace . Una vera gioia per gli occhi e per l’anima . Venire qui significa capire di più la sua arte perché tutto ti riporta ai suoi dipinti . Monet’s house in Giverny : a true joy for your heart and your soul . The colours, the perfume , the atmosphere .... it’s like living in a painting #claudemonet#monetsgarden#giverny#nature#arte#artist#casadimonet#normandia#normandie#normandy
Are you an introvert 🤗 or an extravert 🙈?!
Funny how people always give (and expect) a clear-cut answer to that question, and how most personality tests assume that you must be firmly one or the other... because I feel like I fall somewhere right in the middle! I do need a social life and enjoy being around people, but I prefer to hang out in small circles and often find big groups draining. And while I can sometimes be a social butterfly and get energised from talking to everyone, I often need a lot of alone time to recharge afterwards (I often tell Mr B during an outing, "I'm done now - I need to go home and hibernate"! 😅).
What I find interesting though, is that I used to lean perhaps 55-45 towards introversion...but that balance now seems to have tipped! At first I didn't believe it, but now I realise that travel has brought out the extravert in me. In my 5 years on the road, I found that I love striking up conversations with everyone I meet, spontaneous encounters, going with the flow and saying yes to invites. That I have lost the fear of talking to strangers, even in situations where social conventions make it difficult (I even recently started chatting to someone on the metro in Paris - whaaat? 😬 Who does that! 😜). That I am open to having deep conversations to form connections, even at the risk of oversharing!
Where I was once shy and awkward, I have become more assertive and stopped caring if I make a fool of myself... That doesn't mean the introvert who needs lots of time to process, analyse, and refuel on her own isn't here anymore, but I do look back with tenderness and surprise at the teenager who locked herself in her room to write and read all day, and who would sometimes blush to her ears ☺ out of embarrassment.
What does this mean? That our personalities and the ways we express ourselves are not set in stone: there are so many sayings telling us that people don't change, that you can't change who you are, lalala. Well, that's kinda BS. Don't let others, personality tests, or yourself put you in a box. You can become kinder, more empathetic, more secure, more confident. 💪 And for me, travel has been the biggest catalyst for growth.
Sketches during our traveling in North of France. I made both of them in Giverny. Left is a sketch in the garden of Museum of Impressionism. Right is a sketch in the garden of Cloud Monet’s house.
Перед поездкой на Север Франции я рассказывала, что устала от рисовальных сумок, обрывающих плечи. Поэтому вернулась к облегчённому варианту жизни и взяла с собой в дорогу маленький блокнот (в закрытом виде меньше А5), пару линеров, ограниченный набор цветных карандашей и лёгкую, походную акварель.
К сожалению, отдельно взятые скетчи в этом блокноте оказались достаточно узкими и обрезаются форматом Инстаграма. Поэтому буду показывать раздельно кусочками, а потом общий вид. Хорошо? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Живерни меня просто очаровал. Но Моне там больше нет. Не подумайте, я не сошла с ума. Я в курсе, что он давно умер. Просто место это уже скорее туристическое, без духа художника, если вы понимаете, о чем я. И тем не менее, Живерни стоило увидеть своими глазами. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Если вдруг вы тоже собираетесь посетить это место - покупайте сразу единый онлайн-билет в музей Моне и музей Импрессионизма (дешевле выходит), паркуйтесь утром пораньше бесплатно на парковке в тени деревьев близ музея (если на машине) и входите без очереди через боковой вход. Указатель на него стоит с улицы - «Для групп». Иначе будете помирать там как все остальные в «мавзолейной» очереди. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Кстати, если вы читаете мои советы прямо в этой очереди - купите билет на сайте музея - не ждите. Его в электронном виде можно показать контролёру. 😉