Monet’s magical garden

I have long been a fan of the impressionist painters with Monet one of my favourites, so when the opportunity arose to see this latest exhibition in Melbourne I just had to go.

The exhibition blurb says:

Monet’s Garden is a stunning exhibition devoted to Claude Monet’s iconic garden at Giverny. Renowned as the ‘father of French Impressionism’, Monet was inspired by his direct experiences of nature, culminating in the ravishing depictions of his lily and flower gardens in the rural property at Giverny, northern France, that became his lifelong obsession. Step into the extraordinary this winter for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these masterpieces in Australia, exclusive to Melbourne.

A note to the un-initiated or disorganised (like we were on this particular day) be prepared for long queues if you haven’t pre-purchased your tickets. Even at a little past ten when we arrived on a Sunday morning the queue was wrapped around the gallery like a snake. Thankfully it moved pretty quickly. Also, don’t expect to be standing in front of the paintings alone, while it wasn’t uncomfortably crowded it was packed full of onlookers.

Whether choc-a-bloc or not they are well worth the viewing. In a word sublime! The way Monet plays with light and shade is captivating and incredibly beautiful. Of course the waterlillies feature heavily throughout the exhibition along with the Japanese bridge, flowers and ponds. There are a few wonderful portraits too and a few landscapes beyond his garden such as of London and more.

Don’t forget to also stop by the Gallery Shop where you can buy all kinds of art memorabilia too.

You can even get your photo taken in front of Monet's House and garden!
You can even get your photo taken in front of Monet’s House and garden!

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