Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve

June 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm 8 comments

japanese bridge

Location: Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France

Above is a picture of the wooden footbridge over the pond of lilies that I took in Monet’s Garden at Giverny. It became one of his favorite subjects painting it over and again under different settings.

Monet (1840-1924) was the French impressionist renowned for his landscape paintings.

Compared to his masterpieces displayed at Musée d’Orsay and elsewhere, the bridge looked so ordinary, especially when tourists were occupying it. It had none of the allure, the nuances, and the curves that made it an object of art.

japanese bridge painting

Monet’s Painting

I guess that’s what makes Monet and other artists different from the rest of us. Oftentimes, we tend to look but don’t initially see what they see.

But don’t despair. The aha moment could take some time even for an artist like Monet.

“A landscape does not get under your skin in one day,” he told Marc Elder in 1924. “And then all of a sudden I had the revelation of how enchanting my pond was. I took up my palette. Since then I’ve hardly had any other subject.”

It must be worth the wait even if it takes being led by the nose to get there. Just like Monet, when it finally “get under your skin,” it’s simply priceless.

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