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Claude Monet: An Eye In Movement

By Béa Aaronson

“Everything is ephemeral But the ephemeral is sometimes divine”

-Ernest Renan

Claude Monet is celebrated as the Father of Impressionism. His art reaches the essence of Impressionism… “L’intuition de l’instant,” the intuition of the instant, as the French Philosopher Gaston Bachelard, a great admirer and connaisseur of Monet’s work, so poetically said. Monet has succeeded to capture the ephemeral. He gives us the sensation of the instant, which is just born, which dies and come backs again… through our gaze…That’s the sacredness of art!

Claude Monet: An Eye In Movement
Mon, Nov 28, 4pm
The Jewish Cultural Center of San Miguel
Calle de Las Moras 47 (Corner Cinco de Mayo)
For reservations call (415) 185 9191
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150 pesos per person

It is Monet who gave Impressionism its fullest expression. Théodore Duret, a French art historian, champion of the realists and the impressionists wrote: “Monet is the most impressionist of all the Impressionists. It is him who has succeeded in fixing on canvas those fleeting appearances which painters before him believed impossible to reproduce with the brush.”

As the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting, Monet went beyond what the logic intellectual eye sees. And doing so, then paved the way to 20th century Abstract Lyricism and Abstract Expressionism. He championed Bergson’s philosophy of “élan vital,” vital flux, immediacy and thinking movement, as well as Eisntein’s space/time relativity, reaching an atomic vision which totally opens our perception to new levels of experiencing and understanding the world around us.

The “ism” of Impressionism came to be thanks to Monet’s Impression Soleil Levant, Impression Sunrise, painted in 1872. The word was invented by the art critic Louis Leroy, who was poking fun at this seminal work. He intended to vex and wound the painter…but instead all the impressionist painters adopted and appropriated this glorious “ism.” I invite you to savor Claude Monet’s life, his love of food, his love of nature, his passion for painting. I invite you to rejoice in his vision, and celebrate his zest for life!


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