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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Wish I Could Afford an Original Monet

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK - A Claude Monet painting of a bridge with two trains passing over the Seine while pleasure boats float below was auctioned Tuesday for more than $41 million, breaking the auction record for the French impressionist artist.

"Le Pont du chemin de fer a Argenteuil" was sold at Christie's impressionist and modern art sale for $41,481,000, said Rik Pike, a spokesman for the auction house. The previous record for a Monet painting was $36.5 million for his 1904 "Nympheas," which was sold last year.
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Ever since I visited France and Monet's home in Giverny, I have had a thing for his paintings. I bought two prints while there and had them professionally framed upon my arrival home. I've shared these pieces of art with students over the years, along with photos of me standing on the bridge at Giverny overlooking the lily pond. Can you see me?

These are the two prints I bought in Giverny for the approximate equivalent of $15.00 Cdn. in 1997. The framing was tres cher.
When I taught Art to my fourth graders, I did a whole unit on Monet - his life and work. We studied pictures of his paintings, the meaning of Impressionism, watched a couple of videos about his life and works, and experimented with some of his techniques. It was so much fun. I got a lot of ideas from this book for my Art classes.

And whatever I had the children do, I did as well. Of course, they thought I was a fabulous artist, but really....lol These are two of my feeble attempts at reflections. We used chalk to do a simple picture by the water on the top part, sprayed it to get it wet (everyone loved that part and we had lots of fun squirting each other!), and then folded it and put it under piles of heavy books for about 10 minutes. Then we unfolded it and watched the reflection appear. It seemed like magic for the kids.

Since I'm not even close to being an artiste, I have developed a taste and appreciation for art, especially the masters of impressionism. Next time I'm in Paris, I'm going to go to the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. I must say, though, that when I was in San Francisco the last time, I did see one of Monet's famous water lilies painting. It was over 40 feet long! Very impressive, to say the least.

I will never be able to afford an original Monet, but I can appreciate his works by visiting art museums in Europe and America. That, at least, I think I can afford.

15 comments:

nancygrayce said...

I've always wanted to paint. Alas, it is the same as playing the piano, I wanted to and took 6 years of lessons before the teacher told my mama she was wasting her money. I think my main talent could possibly be nagging....:) I can't imagine 41 million dollars!

david mcmahon said...

Like they say - ``Show me the Monet''!!!

Mental P Mama said...

So beautiful. I took my daughter on a bike tour to Giverny, and I think it was one of the highlights of our trip. So very beautiful. Makes me think I can paint...

leslie said...

Nancy - you're like me I think. I've always wanted to play the piano, but I'm just not musical.

David - lol trust you to pick up on that! You and your puns!

MPM - Isn't Giverny the most beautiful place? And it was raining the day we were there! I can hardly wait to go back there on a sunny day.

Ruth D~ said...

I can draw . . . a little . . . a tiny little. But I love the camera. Photography is art and I only have to recognize an artful moment. The camera does the rest. Well, actually. There's a lot more to it than that! And without me the camera would be NOTHING! :>)

Josie said...

I love Monet, and in fact all of the impressionists. They were very avant-garde in their time, and now we can see how lovely their paintings are. I have been to the Louvre and seen original Monets as well, but I think after seeing van Gogh paintings in person, he is now my favorite. The vibrancy of his paintings is astonishing.

leslie said...

Ruth - I'm getting to enjoy my camera more and more but lots to learn. Maybe I'll try abstract painting since I really can't "draw." My daughter says she'll get me started.

leslie said...

Josie - I'd love to go to the Louvre, but when we were there, there just wasn't enough time. I will definitely go back to Paris one day and luxuriate in the surroundings. Maybe you'll come, too?

Miss_Yves said...

I know this very intresting book , I gave it to my daughter, when she was a child .
It's rather difficult now to visit Monet's Garden ...
I love your "avatar"/"Imago"(?) in the field of tulips !
One of my hobbies is painting (watercolours )
Miss Yves

Miss_Yves said...

"interesting"
Miss Yves

Merisi said...

Linnea's story is wonderful. We also got the one about planting a window garden.
I remember my little son coming home from school, talking about water lilies he wanted to plant. It soon dawned on me that he was talking about Monet.

Paulie said...

I taught my K kids about artists and we tried several styles throughout the year of the different ones. Lucky you to get to travel to see them.

sally in norfolk said...

I would love to go to paris....and the art gallaries in london too... :-)

Liz said...

I've never seen that Monet before. It's not typical of him, is it? Says she sounding like she knows anything which she doesn't!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, you might, one day, Leslie - afford a Monet, I mean. Don't give up hope yet -I haven't! I've never been to Giverny but have always wanted to.