Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Paris—A Day in the Park with Monet

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How about a day in the park with Monet, escaping with him into the Parc Monceau. For it’s so easy to become lost in this Impressionist setting, where people are merely specks of paint on the artist’s canvas. To forget, if only momentarily, that you are in Paris,

 

Claude Monet, The Parc Monceau

Claude Monet, The Parc Monceau, 1878, oil on canvas, Private Collection

 

until you turn the corner and voila!  A cluster of women and children suddenly materializes, cloistered within a maze of shadow and sunlight.  A feminine enclave, largely devoid of the opposite sex, except for the lone gentleman positioned on the farthest part of the bench. Does he seem intentionally sitting apart from his noisy neighbors, trying, if unsuccessfully, to ignore their presence?

Claude Monet (1840-1926) created 6 canvases of the Parc Monceau, 3 in 1876 and the rest in 1878.  The park was founded in the late 18th century, the brainchild of Duke Philippe d’Orleans of Chartres (cousin of Louis XVI), who planned it according to the more informal English landscape style.

Currently, Parc Monceau continues to serve the local populace, dotted with statues (including an Egyptian pyramid) and playground equipment for the youngest generation among the beauty of its green spaces.

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Information on this blog is from various sources such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

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