Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Monet Day, trois…


The third lovely thing about Giverny is the museum that originally opened as the Musee d’Art Americain in Giverny in 1992. In Giverny at the turn of the nineteenth century there had been a sizeable American artists’ colony and the museum hoped to investigate the link between French and American art. In 2006 the original foundation withdrew and the museum became Musee des Impressionnismes Giverny connected to Musee d’Orsay. We saw an exhibit called From Delacroix to Signac Drawings from the Dyke Collection. It was a pleasure seeing well known artists’ drawings rather than their paintings. I am a sucker for a well-drawn line and there were many, many here. Also, an exhibit of photographs of Giverny by Bernard Plossu. The museum keeps one gallery room with a few lesser Monets along with works by his contemporaries. (All the important Monets are in Paris, but they don’t want Monet’s home town to be completely bereft of his paintings.)
No photographs inside, but a garden, of course. Small spaces surrounded by hedges. Like little rooms on a theme…colors and shapes were the themes. I would go back there to stroll and investigate more.







Wish I could clear a space in my own garden to put rows of precisely calibrated lavender.









I must mention here that the Snapseed App I like so much has had an update which eliminated the former way to make frames and substituted a whole new routine which, I might add, I am not sure I like. Maybe they will grow on me, but at this point I am negative.
When we were in the gallery room that had Monet and his friends I studied all the pictures and came to one that made me jump up and down. There was a painting by Guy Rose my all time favorite California Impressionist who had been one of Monet’s friends and had lived in Giverny for a while. He also lived in Pasadena where I grew up. I pulled out the catalogue I purchased when the Oakland Museum of California had an exhibit of his work in 1995. Re-reading some of it today I found that Rose and his wife had registered at Hotel Baudy and I just know in my mind that he painted in that lovely atelier that was in my pictures. Here are some pictures of items in the catalogue.


November, ca. 1910
Monet’s water lily pond.
From the catalogue:
“What Guy learned from these personal conversations with Monet about Monet’s painting would have been formidable and invaluable in and of itself. While Rose was living at Giverny, Monet was at work on a series of paintings of his water lily pond. This series, so admired by Rose, demonstrated the abstract possibilities in painting reflected color. Capturing the shimmering distortions of colored light on water, Monet broadly suggested known objects, but more often he directly exploited expansive areas of agitated, brilliant hue. The fragmented reflections of trees, flowers, and air meshed in his water-lily series, becoming less and less descriptive of those things per se than a record of refined perceptions. As did so many other painters, Rose saw in Monet’s technique a method with which to interpret the sensations of being in nature in addition to merely describing nature.”—by Will South

Late Afternoon Giverny, ca. 1910

French Farm, n.d.

Arroyo Seco (this is where the Rose Bowl sits in Pasadena)


Point Lobos, Carmel, ca 1919
Rose’s paintings represent so much of what typifies where I grew up.
Then, we had to leave this lovely place so we caught the bus back to Vernon and got on the train for our ride back to Paris (dare I say home…).


Author: loisreynoldsmead


5 thoughts on “Monet Day, trois…

  1. How I hated the no photography thing in GIverny. I am famous for trying to sneek in some pics anyway. No flash of course, because it’s the flash that damages things. I keep saying that they want no photography because they want to sell their postcards. Lovely photo’s of the flowers, and I like the frames very much. Especially the rounded corner one second to last.

    • Thank you for the feedback on the frames, maybe I just need to give it some time to get used to them! It is funny how the Louvre had no problem with photos in most areas but the d’Orsay was very no, no of even the big clock…

      • Hi Lois, can I send you an email where I can add an attachment to? I want to send you some pics of Paris that I took in 2007, but can’t find your email…
        When we were in Paris in 2007, we were allowed to shoot in Musee D’orsay, but no flash photography allowed. Friends who went this year also mentioned that photography is no longer allowed…

  2. Lois, thx for the heads up on the Snapseed with different frames update. I guess was lucky to have been able to take many pics of the Orsay clock before this new rule.

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