If you have ever bought a box of chocolates, then you will
be familiar with the work of Impressionist, Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Such popularist popularity, tends to belittle an artists
work in the eyes of art afficiandos. Indeed, when Monet and his
fellow Impressionists first put on a major exhibition in 1874,
they were ridiculed by the establishment Art Elite. And
yet, today, Impressionism is, beyond doubt, the single most popular
art movement in history.
Which is why the first major exhibition of Monet's works in over
30 years, is forecast to break all attendance records, as art
lovers in general, and Monet "The Prince of Impressionists"
groupies in particular, flock to Paris from all over the world.
Grand Palais Paris - Worth a Visit in
its Own Right!
Some 160 examples of Monet's art, spanning pretty much the whole
of his career, have been gathered together from the four corners
of the world and will be displayed in the magnificent setting
of the Grand Palais, Paris.
Whether you are a fan or not, if you have a love of art, this
exhibition would seem to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to
feast your eyes on the real thing... the originals of some of
the most famous, the most reproduced, canvasses in the history
We'll leave it to President Nicolas Sarkozy to sum it up:
"an unmistakable emblem of the international
influence of French culture"
Irina Ohl, an American artist living in Corrèze, Limousin
writes of her visit to the Monet exhibition.