Friday, January 21, 2011
Mad for Monet
Once inside, the first two or three rooms were no picnic -- simply wall to wall people with lots of jockeying and a little bit of shoving for a better view. But the crowds thinned as I moved through the exhibit and by the time I got to the series of haystacks, the cathedral in Rouen, and the houses of the British Parliament at different times of day, there was plenty of space to breathe and admire. While I had seen many of the pieces before -- at the Musee d'Orsay and the National Gallery in Washington (which donated a considerable number of works to this show) -- there was something about seeing them after having visited Giverny, Vetheuil, Chatou, and other Monet favorites that made it extra special.
If you're in town and lost out on the show, there's another one at the Musee Rodin through the 30th and at Musee Marmottan through mid February.