I attended the European Masterpieces exhibition the other day with Chontele, Elora, and my parents.
On arrival, we were met with a line that spanned from the entrance, all the way across the front of the building, and around the corner. Not what you want to see when you are with a nearly 4-month-old baby. But to everyone’s surprise, Elora was the most patient of us all. 2 hours in line and hardly a peep.
The exhibition itself was fantastic. So much beauty packed into a few rooms. Here’s a list of the paintings that were on display.
Of course, I loved seeing Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. Such a simple painting yet it captivated the room. The whole series (250+ paintings) in a single room would be quite a sight.
It was also great to see Vincent van Gogh’s work in person. Below is The Flowering Orchard. He had such a distinct style. Almost cartoonish, yet with a strange sense of realism about it.
Some other standouts were:
- Alfred Sisley’s The Bridge at Villeneuve-la-Garenne. This painting appeared so fresh and crisp in person. And what a stunning frame. This exhibition was as much a showcase of frames as it was paintings.
- Auguste Renoir’s A Young Girl with Daisies. Sitting Lady. A soft painting with many subtle color gradations. Each color appeared to melt into the next.
- Paul Cézanne’s Gardanne. I have never been a huge fan of Cézanne’s work, but I found this painting to be very pleasing to the eye. I cannot explain why. Perhaps it’s the geometric theme. It just seems to work.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Lady Smith (Charlotte Delaval) and Her Children (George Henry, Louisa, and Charlotte). The photo below does not do this painting justice. In person, the whites shimmered as if it were real satin.
- Joseph Mallord William Turner’s Venice, From the Porch of Madonna Della Salute. Turner was such a dynamic painter. This painting showcases so many different techniques and styles united in one.
- Marie Denise Villers’ Marie Joséphine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes. There was a wonderful sense of light in this one, as if Villers painted with light itself.
Here are the rest of my exhibition photos (click to enlarge):
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