Thursday, February 2, 2012

Monet at the Art Institute of Chicago

How about a bit of Monet for a winter's day? 

Since Monet was such a hard worker, even a museum in the midwest, thousands of miles from France can own a significant collection. Fabulous. 

The Art Institute of Chicago owns multiple pieces from Monet's London campaign, his Water Lilies series and his Haystack series. Monet was obsessed with light and color. He delighted in painting the same view during different times of day and in different seasons. 

Houses of Parliament, London, 1900-01

Waterloo Bridge, Gray Weather, 1900

Waterloo Bridge, Sunlight Effect, 1903

Stacks of Wheat (End of Summer), 1890/91

Stack of Wheat (Snow Effect, Overcast Day), 1890/91

Water Lily Pond, 1900

In 1893, three years after purchasing the property at Giverny, Monet began to transform the marshy ground behind his home onto a pond. He built a Japanese style bridge on the narrow end, then added plantings, including the famous water lilies. The pond became one of the main subjects of his painting for the remainder of his life. 

Monet produced 18 similar versions of the piece above with the common theme of the lilies mingling with other vegetation and their reflections. 

Water Lilies, 1906

Water Lily Pond, 1917-22

Sandvika, Norway 1893

Monet painted 29 scenes during his two month stay in Norway. Six were views of Sandvika. He toured the country with his stepson, Jacques  Hoschede who lived in Christiania (now Oslo).

Vetheuil, 1901

One of 15 canvases depicting the village of Vetheuil, 7 miles from his home in Giverny.
This painting shows midday.

It feels sad to say good-bye to the Art Institute of Chicago, but I hope I've encouraged at least one or two of you to decide that it would be worth a trip to Chicago to see all it has to offer.

I hope each of you are able to visit the museum some day if you've never been.


Here we go with February. I hope it's a good month for you.Thanks for being part of Visits and Verse. You are invited to become a member if you haven't done so already.

Next week: A view or two of our Visits and Verse Parker Brothers' Masterpiece Party, plus a visit over to Miz Booshay's Quiet Life.


Susan said...

Oh I love Monet! The water lilies with the bridge is my favorite of these. I just want to be there! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for such a lovely time yesterday!

Lori Lipsky said...

Susan, I love that one, too, though the Water Lilies of 1906 is probably my favorite.

I was so happy you could come to the Masterpiece party. Congratulations on a well-played game!

Robin J. Steinweg said...

Monet is my favorite, I think, whether it's the pond or Waterloo Bridge or whatever. At least he's my favorite for this week! Ask me about Pisarro next week.

As for Chicago Art Museum, let's go!

The real Masterpiece yesterday was your tremendous hostessing.

The Prude said...

I want the last 2 for my home- I've never seen those before. I'll hang the one of Sandvika now and this spring I'll hang the one of Vetheuil.
I really want to visit the Chicago Art Museum again, thanks to you!

Lori Lipsky said...

You can say Pissarro and Monet are your two favorites. Do they have competition with others?

How will we get to the Chicago Art Museum? Let's make a plan. The Prude wants to go, too, though I'm not sure she would want to go with us.

Thanks for your nice words about the party. I'm happy you had a nice time.

Lori Lipsky said...


I wasn't familiar with those last two either so that made them all the more special. Something different from Monet.

If they were on your wall at home you'd have visitors lined up at your door each morning to come and see them and lots of strangers asking to use your bathroom:-).

Suef said...

I don't know when I will get to the Chicago Art Museum but now because of you I would really like to. Thanks so much for the Money book. I loved seeing his winter Norway work!

Joanie said...

Love Monet! The Bridge over Waterloo reminds me of the paintings on exhibit in Milwaukee.

Lori Lipsky said...

Joanie, Yes, we saw that Bridge Over Waterloo oil on canvas when the Impressionism exhibition was in Milwaukee. Too bad it's in Austria now.