Monet at the Denver Art Museum

In early December, on the day that marked the 40th anniversary of the day I began working at Hewlett-Packard, we were fortunate enough to take in the Monet exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

In short, if you have the opportunity and appreciate art like this, DO NOT MISS this display, which runs through January 2020.

There were over 100 paintings on display, many from private collections and therefore not often seen in public. Having viewed the Monet exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, I was pleased to find almost no overlap in the paintings being shown.

As were were making our way through the 14 rooms of paintings, I found myself staring at certain paintings, in an up close and personal manner. I would lose the big picture and focus on the details of the paint itself. The brushstrokes, the colors, everything! I would find myself getting lost as I considered and imagined how I might try to attempt something similar in my work.

The other thing I noticed was the quality of the paintings. I don’t know anything about this subject, but they must have been cleaned and restored by a master. Many looked like they had been painted just yesterday!

I took photos of almost every painting, and will share some of my favorites over time. Mainly, though, I will use them as screen backgrounds on my computer.

I took a few close up photos as well, and in today’s post I share my favorites. First the full painting, and then a detail from that painting. The last photo demonstrates that while the exhibit was sold-out, the crowd control (timed entry) worked pretty well. I was always able to wait just a minute and then get a shot of the painting with out any people in the way.

Boats on a River
Boats on a River
Boats on a River (detail)
Boats on a River (detail)
Sunset Over the Ocean
Sunset Over the Ocean
Sunset Over the Ocean (detail)
Sunset Over the Ocean (detail)
Crashing Waves
Crashing Waves
Crashing Waves (detail)
Crashing Waves (detail)
Waterlilies
Waterlilies
Waterlilies (detail)
Waterlilies (detail)
Monet at the D.A.M.
Monet at the D.A.M.

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