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Monet’s Garden

Pathway in Monet's Garden, Claude Monet, 1902

I remember the first time I saw one of Claude Monet’s paintings in real life. Or rather I remember the indefinable feeling that came over me as I wandered alone in a gallery overseas only to be unexpectedly struck by his works’ luminosity and liveliness. Seeing his art in books or on screen simply didn’t do them justice. The Musée Marmottan Monet – a Parisian gallery hosting the largest collection of Monet works in the world – has sent paintings spanning 20 years to the NGV for an exhibition focussing on the artist’s garden at Giverny as muse. Monet’s famed waterlilies as well as rarer later works are visiting Melbourne. It would be a rather lovely winter outing to see don’t you think?

The Monet’s Garden exhibition is on now until September 8 2013 at NGV International.

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