Water Lilies,and detail, oil on canvas, no date given. Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
The musuem reminds that Claude Monet planted lilies in a pond he had dug at Giverney in 1893. From 1899 onwards he repeatedly painted these lilies.
150 of the Philadelphia Museum’s works and documentary archives of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968, American born France) were taken to expositions in Japan, Korea and Australia in the autumn of 2018.
So we ran about luxuriating with an Impressionist summer while Marcel was away. Expressionists and others too.
He is still away and so we ran and luxuriated some more.
Water Lilies, Reflections of Weeping Willows, and detail, c. 1918, oil on canvas. Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Marcel despised the Impressionists. He thought they produced eye candy and were facile and did not use their intellects enough in their work.
Water Lilies, and detail, 1919, oil on canvas. Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
But we love them.
We just don’t want to remind him that we are sometimes anti-intellectual sensualists of the first order.
When we are not in a Puritanical and righteous funk, of course.
Detail of Water Lilies, 1919, oil on canvas. Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
But that we also think that slamming the Impressionists is itself an act of anti-intellectualism on the part of a great artist.
Because we love and revere Marcel, too.
On the left, Marcel Duchamp, 1955, gelatin silver print. Arnold Rosenberg, 1931-2017, American. Philadelphia Museum of Art
On the right, one piece from Your Move, 1997, fiberglass and steel. Daniel J. Martinez, Renee Petropoulos, Roger F. White. Municipal Services Plaza, Philadelphia.