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Claude Monet, the painter who founded the Impressionist school lived in Giverny for 43 years.

His house and his garden, the village of Giverny and its surroundings, were his subject matter and they still attract half a million visitors each year from all over the world, as well as painters, charmed by the unique light of the Seine Valley.

[QB]Monet's Years at Giverny[/QB] Beyond Impressionism, page 11
Monet's oeuvre is so extensive that its very ambition and diversity challenge our understanding of its importance. His paintings, executed over a period of nearly seventy years, weave a fabric as seamless as that of the late Water Lilies canvases. Yet this continuity was constantly enriched by innvation. The objective, early works of the precocious student of Boudin, which defined Impressionism in the 1860s, and the last paintings of the watergarden in the 1920s, with their mastery of abstraction as a means of personal expression, appear the distinct products of two separate centuries. To understand the degree to which Monet's paintings are a bridge--paralleled only by those of Cezanne--between Impressionist and twentieth-century painting, the work done at Giverny is of critical importance.

Before he moved to Giverny, Monet lived and worked at Le Havre, Sainte-Adresse, Argenteuil, Paris, Louveciennes, Vetheuil--all practically synonymous with the history of Impressionism. None of these places held his attention as did Giverny, where he settled in 1883 and where he died in 1926..

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Psychologists will someday compare Monet and Renoir, who had so much in common in the early days at La GrenouillÈre, a resort on the Siene where they each painted. What motivations dictated their later development? The one was captivated by the female body in all its naked splendor, and the other almost always dwelt on the landscape, to which he subordinated his tentative figures. Monet exhorted the young American painter Lila Cabot Perry to remember that "every leaf on the tree is as important as the features of your model." Yet he might not have become exclusively a landscape painter had it not been for Alice HoschedÉ; his only female models were the HoschedÉ girls, whom he painted with felicitous results, but never in the nude..

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In his bedroom Monet proudly showed off his collection of paintings by friends: Boudin, Manet, Berthe Morison, Renoir, Pissarro, CÉ and Degas..

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Another innovation was the unity of the series, which was "vast as night and clarity," as in a verse by Baudelaire. His name, along with those of MallarmÉ and Debussy, was to become associated with Monet's..

Impressionism flowed from the tails of Realism. Realism was an attempt to "open a window to the world" by painting reality. But the impressionistic painters were sick and tired of the traditional techniques and boring "proper" methods. They were more interested in capturing a general "impression" as you would a passing mood. Impressionism was a serious, objective study of reflected light and reality. It is joked (and it is true) that Monet waited for days until the lighting for his scenes were just right. This is why if you come up nose to nose with an Impressionist painting, you will be shocked to see reds beside blues and greens on top of yellows. As you step back from the painting, you gasp in awe that such messy marks could catch the sense of light in a scene like a twinkle in an eye.

Monet is a universally beloved artist. Famed for his glorious Impressionist paintings, and in particular, for his water lilies, Monet's garden in Giverny (just north of Paris) France is the most visited garden of its size in the western world. The Giverny garden attracts many painters wanting to capture the beauty that Monet considered his greatest work of art.

And we come to the end of this edutainment, dear reader. The editor considers Givnology his finest work of art, as Monet did his garden. "Hey buddies! Come to Giv. to share impressions of beautiful color and light!"

Have the heart of a gypsy, and the dedication of a soldier -Beethoven in Beethoven Lives Upstairs

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Dear Teo,
This post, as well as Givnology, is filled with color and light.

Monet painted a vibrant canvas when he planted his immortal garden, not to mention all the canvases showing us the garden at different times of the day, and different seasons, displaying everything in different lights.

Here is one of his later works;


About 1917 - 1921


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Oberlin College has a couple of fine Monet paintings from his provincial retreat in the Allen Memorial Art Museum. When I was a student there I especially enjoyed getting close enough to the wisteria painting to see the individual brushstrokes.

Since my childhood the Metropolitan Museum in New York where I grew up has improved its Impressionist Gallery in the main exhibit so one can enjoy both the brushstrokes and also be able to move back to quite a considerable distance until the nebulousness of the technique in some cases becomes almost photographic at two hundred feet back or so.

I remember as a child the Met spent a considerable sum on a Rembrandt Self Portrait and also a very atypical Monet - a maritime scene at beach resort that is less brushy than most of his work.

He was undoubtedly a genius. When I was sixteen on a bicycle tour of Europe, we didn't make it to Giverny, but we did go through the Jeu de Paumes. There was pair of ladies no doubt from New York who exclaimed:

"Oh! Look at the Meaux Nays! I admit I was embarassed to a New Yorker A Paris.

It seems that in a sacred space one should contain oneself a bit to best enjoy the subleties of color and light in reverent silence.

But as Bob Dylan said it: "Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues you can see by the way she smiles."

It's the verse that begins: Inside the museums infinity goes up on trial.

His observation continues:

Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after awhile.
See the jelly faced women all sneeze
As the one with the moustache says
Jeez I can't find my knees

The jewels and binoculars
Hang from the head of the mule
And these visions of Johanna
Make it all seem so cruel. (Dylan admits in his new bio that he could be a bit obscure).

I like museums.

I'm related to Laurence Binyon the English Art Historian who wrote about the impressionists. He liked them and knew them in Paris back before the NY Armory Show when most of the art world thought their work was worthless because it had strayed from the dogmas of the neo classical salons.

It's still true that art is worth more when the artist is dead. And I think it's possible that life is even harder for artists now than it was then.

A short prayer for Vinnie Van Gogh and his offspring and relatives.

Thanks for the images and commentary. You all make a very good impression on me!
There are many examples of color and light on Givnology.

I have brought back one old post by Barbara which I find to be a perfect example of "Light" on Givnology:

posted Fri Apr 16 2004 09:31 PM

Practice this daily:

I will light the match of smiles. My gloom veil will disappear. I shall behold my soul in the light of my smiles, hidden behind the accumulated darkness of ages. When I find myself, I shall race through all hearts with the torch of my soul-smiles. My heart will smile first, then my eyes and then my face. Every body-part will shine in the light of smiles.
I will run amid the thickets of melancholy hearts and make a bondfire of all sorrows. I am the irresistible fire of smiles. I will fan myself with the breeze of God-Joy and blaze my way through the darkness of all minds. My smiles will convey His smiles and whoever meets me will catch a whiff of my divine joy. I will carry fragrant purifying torches of smiles for all hearts.
O' divine silent Laughter, be enthroned beneath the canopy of my countenance and smile through my soul.

My Heart is filled with Soul-smiles

Posts: 177 | Location: AZ Outback, USA | Registered: Sat Apr 26 2003
Here is another nice example of color and light on Givnology

posted Sun Jun 08 2003 08:18 PM

Universe Of Love

Prisons been created
in our minds.

Key to joy & happiness
love all kind.

Tune to the heart of love.

Distance from home lessens
depending on your thought.

Do what's nice not wrong or right
do what you aught.

I am your home.

Reaching up to heaven
this is love.

We can make it happen
quiet listen.

hear in your heart of love.

Unconditional love
mirrors the stars above

that's what we're made of
unconditional love

in the silence of your mind you'll find.

Go on use your ego -
Earth Guide On

to hear and melt into
universal love.

You're hearing in your heart now
it's turned on

the bright light makes
the sadness gone.

From the universe of love
we make down here as above.

From the universe of love
you have shown us what you're of.

From the universe of love
we make down here as above.

From the universe of love
you have shown me what you're of.

-Teo 12/2001

Incomplete but soul felt piano solo of song parts:

End section repeated with melody:


May you find yourself in the world, and may you enjoy the company.
Posts: 649 | Location: Oakland, CA, USA | Registered: Sat Apr 26 2003
Another example of color and light on Givnology

posted Wed Aug 06 2003 12:29 AM
"Many feel, a few think, and fewer still there are who can express their thoughts.

The great poets who gave us beautiful teachings in moral, in truth, where
did they get them from?

This life here is the school in which they
learned, this life is the stage on which they saw and gathered.

They are the worshippers of beauty in nature and in art. In all conditions of life they meditate upon beauty and find good points in all those they see.

They gather all that is beautiful, from the good and the wicked both. Just like the bee
takes the best from every flower and makes honey from it, so they gather all
that is beautiful and express it through their imagination in the form of music, poetry and art, as well as in their thoughts and deeds in everyday life".

Hazrath Inayat Khan
Posts: 418 | Location: Stockholm, Sweden | Registered: Sun Apr 27 2003

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