I just returned from a lovely afternoon at the Biltmore Estate and the new Monet Experience that is being hosted by Biltmore. The above picture is one of Monet’s quintessential water lily paintings. The exhibit is entitled Monet and Friends and the immersive experience exposes you to Monet and other contemporary Impressionist artists. Welcome, Friends, as I share a taste of the exhibit with you as well as some Sunday Flowers.
Color in nature inspires art and the Impressionists were inspired by the natural scenes that they found in every day life. Meadows, bodies of water, every day tasks were all subjects of the Impressionists. In all of their work color was a predominant factor.
The exhibit explores the art of the Impressionists by surrounding the participants with huge projections of paintings, pieces of paintings and natural photographs of the places depicted in the paintings. The projected images are at least 12 feet high and there are multiple images displayed at the same time. The changing images are set to classical music from the time period as well as some contemporary pieces. The audio + visuals enclose the participant in wonderful color and sound that transports you to the art of the Impressionists.
The above is a small portion of one of the paintings. The intense color and movement created by the artist is astounding.
For those of us who like table settings this is a glimpse into a scene at a restaurant. Wine and fruit as well as some cheese appears on a linen tablecloth. Casual diners are enjoying the day in colorful exurberance.
Depicting everyday people in everyday situations was one of the ways in which the Impressionists changed how we look at art.
The images are really quite overwhelming helping to transport you into the painting and the genius of the artist.
After seeing all this beautiful art I came home and tried to decide what to do for my Sunday Flowers.
Trying to collect some of that color and light I put together this tray of colorful blooms in Lenox vases and a pot with some shades of pink.
Ranunculus, carnations, mums, phlox, basil and hyacinth come together to bring vibrant colors to this collection. You can see how the side light from the window lights up the tray and the flowers. Multiple shades of pink and yellow show against a background of a deep green basil plant.
Nature is a wonderful painter choosing exuberant color to bring life to a landscape or a room.
Yellows, pink and purples against a green backdrop…..great inspiration for some Sunday flowers. “Monet and Friends”…..painters providing great inspiration for appreciating life.