If you were in Rouen this summer, you would have seen a light show (Cathedrales en Lumiere) projected on the west facade of Rouen’s Cathedral, famous for a series of experimental paintings by Monet. The series is scattered all over the world, and I’ve only seen a few: a few housed at the Musée d’Orsay, one at the Louvre, and one or two others (can’t remember which ones), which were part of the touring Monet exhibition a few years ago at the National Gallery in London. They give an insight into how Monet experimented with his technique, as artists are wont to do. I don’t get all the art-farty significance of it all, and can only say “Oh look! Pretty piccie!”. All the same, I was sorry not to be able to show P the gorgeous collection of Impressionist art at the Musée d’Orsay due to poor planning on my part (and being ill too). And as a double-whammy, my fall-back, the Orangerie, was closed for renovations. It looks like they’re expanding the place. Hope the builders they’ve got in are more careful than the norm: there are some precious Monet murals of water lilies in the basement. Now, you wouldn’t want a burst main to flood that particular cellar, would you?
Some links to online images of Monet’s Rouen Cathedrale series (will add more later; feeling lazy):
- Temps gris @ Musée d’Orsay
- Harmonie bleue et or @ the d’Orsay
- Temps gris (tour et portail) @ Musée des Beaux Arts, Rouen
- Morning light @ the Getty
- In the sun @ the Met, NY
- Morning effect @ Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts
- Another one in sunlight @ Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts
- And a comprehensive collection: arranged chronologically as a slideshow.