Friday, April 29, 2011

Water Lilies Viewed in KC

The highlight of our field trip was viewing Monet's Water Lilies at the Nelson Art Gallery in KC.  The triptych will be on display all summer, and today there was more than a steady stream of interested viewers.  The Nelson is one of only a few art museums which could display three of these large paintings together anyway, and they are making great use of their elongated Bloch Wing space.  My boys liked the computer pads available for an electronic painting of your own water lily to email to yourself.  Here is Polar Bear's creation: quite nice.
After the special exhibition, we had a tour of the Impressionist wing of the Museum to see other Monet masterpieces, as well as Manet, Cassatt, and all the rest.  Makes me revel in last summer's stop with Meggar in Giverny to see Monet's home, flower beds, and Water Gardens in person.  The Museum and painting shed there are STUFFED with great works and black-and-white photographs of the artist in his day.  It's a smaller museum space but a closer connection can be felt with the paintings.  Meggar's photo of the Japanese bridge now hangs in Grandma Judy's house.

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