Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Claude Monet's beloved flower and water gardens in the north of France are world-famous. But for those unable to visit the artist's iconic home, a trip to the Bronx over the next several months will offer a taste of Monet's indisputably radiant living masterpiece _ a riotous display of color, plant variety and landscape design.
In a nearby glass case is one of Monet's paint-encrusted palettes, "a place where literally the hand and the eye come together and where that mysterious poetic moment of realization takes place," Tucker said.
"We think of him almost exclusively as a painter so these sketchbooks reveal ... he would jot these pictorial ideas right in front of his motifs," Tucker said. "They provided a kind of touchstone for when he came back to the studio and began to organize the picture."