Monte Carlo seen from Roquebrune
Post #973 • March 20, 2007, 8:41 AM • 22 Comments
Boston—One can tire of Monet in general, but you have to strain to fault his works individually. I saw the enormous retrospective of his work in Chicago in 1995 and it was over a year before I was ready to look at him again. But once I did, it was in full knowledge of his gigantic accomplishment—he was Impressionism's Michaelangelo, embodying the artistic spirit of the age, with Degas in the role of Leonardo as nervous experimenter.
Monet painted this work, currently on display in The Romance of Modernism, while touring around coastal France and Italy with Renoir, and it is quite typical of the plein-air method. See past it: the man's ouevre didn't spawn tens of thousands of imitators for nothing. The meaning of life is to see, as Hui-Neng said, and here, in this unabashedly pretty work, you have everything you need to know about the matter.