Monet’s garden has served as the subject of countless paintings, drawings, and pastels. An immersive 360-degree experience brings one of the 20th century’s finest artists to life: Monet’s Immersive Garden.
“In front of your eyes, illusions become reality.” When an exhibit teases with a phrase like this, my curiosity is sparked. Having visited previous exhibits at Lichthalle MAAG, I can only imagine how colorful and vibrant this production will be.
Monet’s Immersive Garden features video and sound
Enhanced with visual and acoustic techniques, the exhibit takes us straight to the heart of Monet’s infamous garden with its waterlily pond. Monet’s Immersive Garden combines images from no less than 40 projectors.
This production combines video with acoustic sound effects and music to create a dazzling world of color. Pixels replace Monet’s brush strokes. Through the use of magnification, animation, and sound, we get to view the artist’s work in entirely new ways.
When you purchase your ticket, ask for an English audio guide. The exhibit is narrated in German only.
He was born on November 14, 1840, in Paris, but he grew up in the harbor city of Le Havre, where he spent most of his childhood and youth.
As a child, he would sit down with a pencil and paper and doodle. He used to caricature politicians and his neighbors when he was a teen.
Claude Monet was a talented artist, but not everyone in his family was. His father had a grocery business and viewed him as his successor, not as an artist.
After the death of his mother in 1857, only his aunt, a self-taught artist, provided advice and supported him in his ambition to pursue a career in art.
Monet was an avid gardener. He studied reference books, went to exhibitions, and sought expert guidance.
In 1883, Monet was drawn to Giverny, a village in northern France’s Normandy region. This is where he would cultivate the infamous orchard with exotic plants, flowers, and the water lily pond.
The garden served as a retreat and a source of creative inspiration for Monet.
For the next 30 years, he would make the water lily pond the defining motif of his art.
Monet used to pay a gardener just to dust his water lilies. Every morning, the gardener would delicately wash and dust the lily pads from a small boat.
Once clean, Claude Monet would pick up a brush to paint the water's surface, the swaying flowers, and the sky and landscape that reflected in it.
His water lily paintings that are known across the world were created between 1894 and 1896.
Monet portrayed his beloved pond at various seasons of the day and year. He would observe the times of day, seasons, sun, clouds, rain, and light for long periods of time, capturing various atmospheres.
There are around 2000 paintings by Monet, as well as eleven sketchbooks, 110 drawings, and 108 pastels.
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