Soul Imprints

masterminds
March 8th, 2016

Soul Imprints

masterminds

March 8th, 2016

It would be fair to credit Musée de l’Orangerie, an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, Paris, with my almost instant interest in impressionist painters. Claude Monet in particular. As I marveled at the museum architecture, I was guided by light from the vestibule—it directed me to the serenity of the oval white cocoon prominently showcasing Les Nymphéas, the Water Lilies series by Claude Monet.

The Water Lilies series educates us on the collaboration of art and science. Where the eye sees the art through the play of light and shade, boldness of strokes, and blending of techniques, the science is evident through Claude Monet’s study of nature—balance, proportion, and harmony, each element is masterfully brought into his paintings. It is this layered richness, of experiencing the labour of love and creativity, which transformed me from a mere visitor to one who has developed a newfound appreciation for select painters.

I also learned of Monet’s foresight—he was particular about scale and presentation, sure of the aesthetics in which his work would be best received. And rightly so—it is this knowing and executing that people from the world over are drawn to visit the Musée de l’Orangerie. Equally important, it gifts an environment of cultural richness for children. One of my favorite moments in the museum is that of elementary school children enraptured with their teacher’s storytelling. How very fortunate these children are, I thought. A system that values culture makes art, science, and history accessible to the young developing mind. As a result of being exposed to multiple forms of richness, children naturally develop an innate sense of creativity and individualism.

This setting made me a student too—with repeat visits to the once winter greenhouse, Musée de l’Orangerie, my curiosity grew. I started wondering about Claude Monet’s life, and those of other artist’s I am interested in—what did their living spaces say about their times, how did they collaborate with others’, what were their challenges, did they have the luxury to follow other interests…. I wonder, and seek information on the complex layers of these masterminds.

Heera

 

 

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